BioGeoChemistry / Vitousek Lab
Located in the Yang & Yamazaki Environment & Energy Building Rm. B61, (650) 725-1856
Laboratory Use and Calendar
Lab practices and things to keep in mind when working in
- If there is a medical or fire emergency; remember that from Y2E2
you need to dial 9-911 (think nine-nine-one-one). The best thing to tell
them for our location is; "We are located in room B61 in the basement
of the Y2E2 building at 473 Via Ortega, cross of Panama Street.
- The lab is a multi-user environment. Always assume someone else is waiting
to use the facilities and space. Clean off counter tops, balances etc...
before leaving. If you must leave items out, make sure they have your name
- Please avoid moving balances and other equipment from their
- If you are not a Vitousek Lab member, you should plan on bringing your
own consumable items or replacing those you use.
- Room B63 is an Isotopically Clean Lab. Do
not bring any labelled compounds, chemicals or samples into this room, and
avoid use of the door between B61 and B63. No Labware from B61 should be
brought into B63.
- DI and E-Pure Water; The Lab DI faucets and the E-Pure on/off valve are
made of plastic. Please use care in using them, they only need very light
pressure to operate and can be easily damaged. To save electricity and motor
life, the E-Pure should be turned off at night and on weekends. After using
the remote dispenser on the E-Pure, especially if you were just doing digests,
be sure and rinse the exterior of the handle.
- Safety: wear protective gear and follow safe laboratory practice.
- Label all chemical containers correctly; ie, 2M Potassium Chloride, not
- Chemicals have their proper place in the lab. Example; nitric acid should
not be placed in the secondary container with sulfuric acid. What
can happen if you don't follow Safety Rules.
- Ovens; during times of heavy use, please remove your samples from the drying
ovens as soon as possible. If when you remove your items an oven is empty,
please turn it off.
- Pipets; if a guard filter has somehow become wet, please remove it before returning
- Hazardous Waste; The Hazardous Waste area is under the table opposite the
- If you use up a chemical, especially one from a routine lab procedure, replace
it from BioStores or let me know. If you add a new chemical to the lab, let
me know that too so I can add it to our inventory.
- If the Lab is unoccupied, all exterior doors should be locked.
- Cold Room; Samples and coolers in the cold room often reside there for
extended periods of time. Please label your items with a minimum of your
name. All foreign soils in the cold room need to visibly have the origin,
date and person's name on them.
- All foreign soils coming into the lab must be registered on the soils log
- Glassware; if you have a project that requires a separate set of glassware
(plasticware or crucibles), please do not adopt the general lab supplies as