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Protocols and Guides

Chemical Safety


Biological Safety

Lab Safety Protocol for Working with Biological Samples

This document reviews proper technique and measures to ensure the safety of lab personnel while potentially hazardous biological samples are being processed in the lab.

Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories, 5th Edition (CDC & NIH)

CDC’s Office of Health and Safety and the National Institutes of Health periodically publish and update several national publications on Biosafety: Biosafety in Microbiological and Medical Laboratories (BMBL) and Primary Containment for Biohazards: Selection, Installation, and Use of Biosafety Cabinets. The 5th and 3rd editions of these publications (respectively) are considered national guidelines to promote the safety and health of workers in biological and medical laboratories.

Primary Containment for Biohazards: Selection, Installation and Use of Biological Safety Cabinets 3rd Edition

This document is currently printed as Appendix A of the Biosafety in Microbiological and Medical Laboratories (BMBL).


Writing Tips

Whitesides’ Group: Writing a Paper (2004)

A valuable resource on writing scientific papers.

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Surplus Items

Vanderbilt University ReUse Surplus Program

The ReUse Surplus Program manages unneeded items owned by Vanderbilt University departments, offices, and laboratories.


Instrumentation Manuals

Voyager STR User Manual