Jenny has been collating safety information for the biomakespace here.
Here are some notes from a recent meeting we had with Tom from London Biohackspace and a link to the Biohackspace Github.
Of particular interest are the Standard Operating Procedures or SOPs.
Below is a list things Tom highlighted that the London Biohackspace do, which could be a useful starting point for ensuring our safety github repository has all the key info on.
- Incident reports are completed when there are accidents such as spills and notes can be made about what caused the accident and how it was dealt with.
- Biohackspace have put their SOPs on github (see above)
- New electrical equipment is PAT tested
- No flammables are stored above head height (e.g. ethanol and isopropanol)
- They have a spill kit for containing spills of GM material.
- New users sign a form after the safety induction - this records that they understand they are responsible for accidents and spills that they cause.
- members can bring a guest once they have completed spill kit training, the member is responsible for spills in this case.
- They use red dot stickers to label any GM contaminated objects e.g. plasticware, and green dots for non-GM containers.
- Most users store their work in labelled tupperwares
- Best practice is to name start date, list contents and expiry date all containers.
List of basic training that needs to be completed for new members:
- Pipette workshop
- Aseptic technique
- Making plates
- Pouring gels
- Jargon and common calculations
Some clarification on GM legislation:
Experimenter is responsible for ensuring there is a risk assessment for their project.
The Biological Safety Officers responsibility is to advise employer if the experimenters project is safe or not.
That’s it for now, if anyone has any questions let me know and I can email Tom to follow up.
Let me know your thoughts!