Laboratory Safety

Jim Dickson jdickson at IASTATE.EDU
Tue Oct 14 08:49:52 EST 1997

To:            microbio at net.bio.net
From:          User at net.bio.net, PNU <User at am.pnu.com>
Subject:       Re: Laboratory Safety
Date:          13 Oct 1997 20:17:39 GMT

Susannah K Hubert <shubert at sph.emory.edu> writes: > All I can say is that anyone who anyone who would mouth pipet Salmonella
> deserves what they get.  That is dangerous and anyone who works with
> bacterial cultures should know better.
> Susie
All I can say is that ANYONE who allows a student to mouth pipette ANYTHING is not doing
ANYONE any service nor are they teaching good safety.  Too much is asummed, and too
many things can happen...I once saw someone hiccup while mouth pipetting and they
ended up splattering their mouth and lips with 0.01N HCl...I didn't say anything
before they had hte accident because I didn't want to startle them.  Too late.
There are instruments that will help pipette; use those.

Ditto for any biological agent.  Mouth pipetting a biological agent, 
even with cotton plugged pipettes, is foolish.

Jim Dickson
Dept. of MIPM
224B Science I
Iowa State University
Ames, IA  50011
515-294-6019 FAX
jdickson at iastate.edu

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