Laboratory Expectations

Science Laboratory Expectations

Biological Safety

The Platt Laboratory is a Biosafety level 1 laboratory and therefore does not contain pathogenic agents. The following live agents may be present: Staphylococcus epidermidis, Lactobacilli spp, Sacchromyces cerevisiae, Escherichia coli (non-pathogenic). Pathogenic agents may not be grown in the Platt Laboratory.

Biological Sharps Disposal

Biological sharps containers are for sharps or glass slides contaminated with bodily fluid such as blood. No other trash is to be put in biological sharps containers. Full biological sharps containers, for removal, shall be handled in the following manner: 1. Secure the lid to the sharps container so that it is sealed shut. Combine with other waste for pick up by Steri-cycle.


Laboratory cabinets containing lab kits and supplies should remain locked at all times.

Eye Wash Station

The eye-wash station should be flushed on a quarterly basis. After flushing, initial and date the flushing log to document completion of flushing. Flushing instructions: Rotate faucet head to face away from counter or fridge. Unscrew orange caps over jets. Turn on water. Pull knob to engage wash. Water will spray up and out approximately 2 feet. Wipe water from floor after flushing to prevent slipping.

First Aid Kits

A first aid kit is located on the wall behind the main entrance to the laboratory. Kit maintenance and stocking is performed quarterly by Cintas to ensure OSHA compliance.

Glass Disposal

Broken glass or glass for disposal (microscope slides, empty media vials previously disinfected) shall be deposited in designated glass disposal containers. No other trash is to be put in glass disposal containers. Full glass disposal containers, for removal, shall be handled in the following manner: 1. Tie plastic liner closed (if container is too full, remove some waste and deposit in a new glass disposal container, wear gloves) 2. Close cardboard lid and secure with packing tape, 3. Secure lid to container body with packing tape, 4. Place note on lid indicating to custodial staff that content is ready for pick-up and safe for disposal in regular trash.

MSDS Notebook

Material Safety Data Sheets are contained in a black notebook that must be visible at all times. The current location is on the lab bench next to the pens and stapler.

Protective Eye Wear

Laboratory goggles are present in the drawer next to the A&P cabinet. They should be worn whenever students or faculty are working with materials that present a high splatter danger.

Nursing Laboratory Expectations

Assignment to Laboratory Groups

Students are assigned to nursing skill lab by the Platt College Registrar. Students are not allowed to switch or change their laboratory section after enrollment. 

Laboratory Procedures

Directions for nursing laboratory assignments are found in the course syllabus.

  • Letter grades are given for laboratory courses.
  • Students who are unprepared for nursing lab activities may be dismissed by the lab faculty. Lack of preparation includes, but is not limited to the following: failure to become familiar with the assigned nursing skills, being inappropriately dressed for lab activities, leaving lab early, demonstrating less than cooperative behaviors with others, including lab faculty; and demonstrating unsafe behaviors.
  • Missing laboratory experiences impact grades. Make-up of lab activities is up to the nursing faculty. Excessive absences may result in failure of the lab course.

Nursing Lab Etiquette

  • Students are expected to behave professionally in the nursing lab, much as you would in a clinical setting (e.g., do not sit on the patient/client bed).
  • All Mannequins will be treated with the same respect and dignity we afford live patients/clients. 
  • Students and faculty must be appropriately dressed and equipped to participate in skills lab activities.
  • Students and faculty are expected to keep the lab in a neat and orderly state. 
  • For safety reasons, food is prohibited in the skills lab. Beverages may be consumed only in the nurse's stations and then only in covered containers.
  • Personal items (i.e., books, coats, nurse kit, etc.) shall be placed in an area that is not obstructive to the personal safety of each individual or which may damage equipment.
  • All students and faculty will adhere to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)-mandated safety practices at all times when in the nursing laboratories.
  • Nursing lab faculty may add additional rules at any time to ensure the safety of all individuals in the nursing labs.
  • Students participating as patient/clients in the nursing labs are under the guidance and direction of nursing faculty. No one shall attempt to administer medications, injections, insert IVs or other tubing, or provide any other medical procedure without nursing faculty present.
  • Nursing faculty must be immediately informed of any accidents or injuries.
  • Clean up spills immediately. It is difficult to see water and other liquids on light colored floors. Inform nursing faculty of any large spills.
  • Faculty are responsible for teaching proper use of all equipment in the nursing labs. Equipment manuals are available for reference. Improper or unauthorized use of lab equipment is prohibited.

Electrical equipment safety and maintenance:

Knowing the equipment before usage to prevent mishaps.

Check for frayed or splitting cords, missing dials, or general damage to the equipment. Report damages to the faculty immediately.

Ensure other equipment is not resting on electrical cords.

Ensure that electrical cords do not become a tripping hazard.

Ensure electrical cords are plugged into the proper, grounded, electrical outlet.

Unplug all electrical equipment by gripping and pulling on the plug base and not on the cord.

Ensure all equipment is turned off before leaving the lab.

Return equipment to its proper location after use.

All sharps will be disposed of in the sharps container. There are no exceptions to this policy. Lab faculty will discuss the importance of this procedure in greater detail during lab activities.

Dispose of contaminated materials in the appropriately marked, red biohazard containers.

All furniture will be returned to the respective place after each lab activity. This means:

  • Beds against the wall (Be careful not to damage the electrical cords), bed linens straightened and not dragging the floor.
  • Bedside tables next to the bed; over-bed tables placed at the foot of each bed.
  • Mobile carts, IV poles, etc. are not obstructing the general movement of the room and not blocking exits.
  • Mannequins are returned to beds, properly positioned, and covered appropriately. 
  • Do not move SimMan™ or VitalSim Anne™ without supervision of lab faculty.
  • Do not use povidone-iodine (Betadine) or lubricants on SimMan™, and VitalSim Anne™ other than what is supplied by the lab personnel.
  • All pens, pencils, marking pens, and other writing implements are to be kept away from SimMan and VitalSim Anne™.
  • Pens and markers are not allowed in the patient care area of the nursing lab.  

All trash should be placed in the trash receptacle. No sharps, or broken class, biohazard bags, or contaminated materials are to be placed in regular trash containers.

Simulated medications are to be used for practice purposes only. Many are not approved for human consumption or administration; therefore, they are not to be taken or given.

Open lab hours are posted on a quarterly basis. If a student feels she/he needs additional practice or instruction on a specific skill, the time must be arranged with the nursing lab faculty.

Students are not allowed to be in any lab, without a faculty member present.