Lab Skills for Clinical Research Staff
Lab Skills for Clinical Research Staff is a one-day course offered by Imperial College Academic Health Science Centre, for members of the clinical research team to learn the basics of sample handling, processing and storing.
We will discuss safety issues and how to ensure you are working in an appropriate preparation area when handling samples.
You will have the opportunity to complete a risk assessment and establish what documentation is needed to support your work in sample preparation/lab areas.
There will be hands on training in centrifugation, pipetting, cleaning up spills and packaging samples for safe shipping.
There will also be a short tour of various lab facilities to demonstrate what you need in order to establish a safe sample preparation area workplace.
- Theory Session – Laboratory Health and Safety
- To gain an overview of health and safety legislation and guidance relating to laboratory safety
- To gain information relating to key laboratory hazards/issues e.g. chemicals, biological agents, specimen transport and dry ice
- To understand risk assessments and be able to carry one out as a part of the case study at the end of the day
Lab Practical- Hands on Training
- How to use a biological safety cabinet
- Centrifugation and what to do when things go wrong
- How to handle and store samples in dry ice and liquid N2
- Decanting from the primary blood tubes
- How to use a disposable Pasteur pipettes for serum separation
- How to handle blood spillage
- Packaging samples for transportation
Facilitators: Sharon Wood, Roger White, Beata Szitasi-Sieha, Naina Patel, Joel Eustaquio, Shokri Othamn, Suzanne Fagerbrink and Kelly Gleason
How to centrifuge correctly.
How to remove your gloves without contamination.
How to decant correctly…without bubbles.