Laboratory Policies

  • Confine activities to the space assigned by the Site Director.
    • Do not move furniture or lab equipment between spaces without staff permission.
  • All personal lab gear must be kept in assigned storage space when not in use. See the Site Director for storage space.
    • Do not remove items from other’s storage space without permission.
    • Unclaimed and improperly stored lab equipment is subject to disposal.
  • Samples in freezers and refrigerators must be labeled with the researcher’s name, the sample contents, date stored, and anticipated removal date.
    • Unclaimed samples are subject to disposal 2 months after the anticipated removal date.
  • For safety, avoid getting mud and water in lab spaces.
    • Rinse muddy field shoes before entering the lab building.
    • An outdoor shower is provided on the front porch.
    • Use the outdoor sinks to rinse equipment and samples.
  • Communal lab equipment and supplies may be checked out by contacting the Station Director.
  • No food, beverages, pets, or smoking in the laboratory spaces.
    • No alcoholic beverages permitted in labs.
  • Laboratory spaces must be left clean.
    • Return and properly store equipment.
    • Rinse surfaces to remove salt water and residue.
    • Empty trash cans (take bags to dumpster in the parking area).
  • This facility adheres to the policies of the University of Virginia regarding hazardous waste.
    • Do NOT pour hazardous waste down sink drains.
    • Communicate with the Site Director about proper hazardous waste management.
  • Dispose of sharps in appropriate containers.

Chemical Use Policies

For those individuals working with chemicals in the lab:

  • Before introducing chemicals for research, inform the Site Director of planned chemical use and ensure that your chemical is listed among the SDS Chemical Safety sheets available at http://www.ehs.virginia.edu/msds. If the chemical is not listed, provide a hardcopy safety sheet to the Site Director.
  • All chemicals must be stored in the appropriate location and must be labeled with the date they were first opened.
  • This facility adheres to the policies of the University of Virginia regarding hazardous waste.
    • DO NOT pour hazardous waste down the sink.
    • Document (label) all hazardous waste put in any container by affixing an appropriate and completed waste container label.
  • All individuals working with chemicals must complete annual Chemical Safety and Waste Training online. Proof of completion must be provided to the ABCRC Site Director.

IACUC: UVA Animal Use Policy for ABCRC (requires UVA log-in)