General Pathology Core Regulations

  1. Each user must undergo orientation by director. Further training as determined by the director prior to using the facilities. No individual may train another user in the use of any core equipment.
  2. Each user must sign up for cryostat time and must record the time used. Individuals not complying with these regulations will not be permitted to use the equipment.
  3. All problems, breakages or other issues must be reported to the Director or Facility Manager immediately either in person or via email. Do not leave unresolved problems for the next person to deal with.
  4. The Pathology Core will provide common reagents, additional reagents must be purchased from the user's own research grants. If stocks of common reagents are running low, please inform the laboratory manager immediately so that an order may be placed.
  5. Users may not store their own reagents in the histology lab. You must use your own space.
  6. All sections, mounted slides etc MUST BE DRY prior to placing on ANY core microscope. Users who habitually spill mounting media, nail polish or use oil inappropriately will not be permitted to use the facilities.
  7. All volatile histology reagents (such as Xylene) must be used in a fume hood and stored according to institutional and Federal regulations. All solvents must be stored in glass containers in an appropriate chemical cabinet. Individuals using these reagents without adhering to these regulations will not be permitted to continue working in the area.
  8. Lab coats must be worn when working with solvents and at all times when in the main lab area. At NO time should lab coats be worn in the kitchen, lunch area or offices.
  9. All solvents etc. must be disposed of as Hazardous waste. They may not be disposed of using the lab sinks or fume hood sinks. If you do not know how to dispose of a reagent please speak to the lab manager immediately.
  10. Please tape up biohazard boxes when they are 80% full and place them in the hallway for removal. It is an OSHA violation for open biohazard boxes to be overflowing onto the floor.
  11. Place all sharps (needles, scalpel blades, glass shards, glass pasteurs) in an appropriate sharps bin. Seal and dispose of sharps bins in the biohazard boxes when they are 80% full. It is an OSHA violation for open sharps bins to be overflowing.
  12. Each user must adhere to the histology regulations or they will be prohibited from using the facilities.