Dr. Niren Deka (Coordinator)
Mrs. Pallavi Guha Baruah
Mr. Nayan Talukdar
Dr. Rupa Rani Sonowal
Mrs. Monalisa Saikia Borah
To promote R & D activities at the Asian Institute of Management and Technology in the areas of biological science, IT areas, management and mass communication.
i)To motivate faculty members to carry out R & D activities in their areas of specialization.
ii)To foster research collaboration internally and externally.
i)To create awareness and opportunities in R & D for students and faculties.
ii)To develop and maintain effective links with government and funding agencies relevant to college research activities.
iii)To maintain institutional biosafety and animal ethics standards as per norms.
iv)To overlook laboratory development, maintenance and quality of all labs.
Ø Wearing of shoes and sandals are strictly prohibited inside the laboratory.
Ø Consumption of food and drinks is not permitted in the Laboratory.
Ø Use of mobiles and telephones are not permitted inside the Laboratory premises.
Ø No bag, umbrellas, parcels, etc. except exercise books and plain sheets of papers may be brought inside the Laboratory. Adequate storage facilities have been provided at the entrance to the Laboratory for the students to keep their bags.
Ø Smoking and Chewing Pan, applying cosmetics is not permitted inside the Laboratory.
Ø Chemicals, glasswares and apparatus are to be placed properly in their alloted area after use.
Ø Students are not allowed to operate any instruments without proper knowledge of its operations.
Ø Only authorised personnel are allowed in the laboratory. Casual visitors will not be admitted. Non laboratory personnel are closely supervised and taught to use appropriate protestive measures to ensure that they do not cause a hazard to themselves or to the laboratory staff.
Ø Laboratory jackets, lab coats or surgical gloves that are impervious to liquids are to be worn when there is a potential for splashing or spraying blood or body fluid.
Ø Strict discipline has to be maintained and absolute silence has to be observed in the Laboratory.
Ø Maintain a safe and clean work environment at all times. Operate laboratory equipment, consistent with standard operating procedures.
Ø Attend all safety training classes and conform to college safety guidelines and requirements.
Ø Conform to established and new procedures and policies instituted by the college.
Ø After completing the practical, students are advised to clean the glasswares and apparatus.
Ø An individual will be held responsible for any damage and breakage of apparatus and glasswares. Regarding any damage an immediate report should be made to enable appropriate action to be taken.
Ø Fine can be imposed on anyone for any breakage or damage of glasswares and other items used for laboratory work purpose.
Ø Gloves should be worn while performing any bio hazardous practical or experiment.
Ø Facial protection must be used if the worker anticipates mucous membrane contamination with blood or body fluids.
Ø Wash hands immediately after gloves are removed.
Ø Take extraordinary care to avoid accidental injuries (as caused by needles,scalpel blades or laboratory instruments etc.)when performing procedures,cleaning instruments,handling sharp instruments and disposing of used needles.Place used needles,disposable syringes,skin lancets,scalpel blades and other sharp items into a puncture-resistant biohazard container for disposal.
Ø All specimens of blood or body fluids and be placed into a well-constructed container with a secure leak proof lid for transport.
Ø All persons should wash their hands after leaving the laboratory. Protective clothing should be removed before leaving the laboratory.
Ø Mouth pipetting must not be done.
Ø Inside the lab no food items are allowed .
Ø No shoes are allowed.
Ø No unauthorised entry of persons.
Ø Proper register to be maintained
Ø Students have to maintain proper procedure for requisition of editing workstations.
Ø Entry with time slot alloted.
Ø The person(s) under alloted time slot will be responsible for any loss/damage caused to the lab equipments.
Ø Not to touch any electrical/networking cables.
Ø No student can modify/change previously saved data without prior admission.
Ø No other unauthorised activity should be undertaken apart from class practical assignments.
Ø To maintain cleanliness of the lab.
Ø To check and switch off all the electrical devices after use.
The computer laboratory facilities are available only to active AIMT staff and students and intended solely for academic related purposes. They are not to be used for business or other profit production or for recreational purposes.
Ø Smoking, eating, and drinking are NOT allowed in the laboratory.
Ø All persons in the computer laboratory are expected to have their Identity Card with them while in the computer labs. Without the ID, the user is requested to leave the room immediately.
Ø Shoes are not allowed within the Computer laboratory.
Ø Mobile phones must be switched off at all times.
Ø Use of Pen drives or other peripheral devices are to done with prior permission from the Laboratory In-charge.
Ø Users are expected to conduct themselves in a responsible and courteous manner while in Computer laboratory and also should maintain silence and be considerate of those around.
Ø Games are strictly prohibited in the Computer laboratory. Students running games will be asked to close the game and leave the lab or the Student ID will be taken for reported to the Disciplinary Board.
Ø Users should not prevent or disrupt another user from using of any computer and other facility in the computer lab.
Ø Copying of copyrighted software is illegal and is prohibited in the academic computing facilities or elsewhere on campus.
Ø Intentional viewing of pornography or any other adult content is prohibited.
Ø User is strictly advised to take care of their personal belonging all the time. The Institution is not responsible and liable to any lost of personal belonging in the computer labs.
Introduction: Bio-safety and bioethics is a committee of expertise fraternity which mainly looks after the ethical treatment towards the animals used in laboratory for experiment purpose as well as the other parameters in a laboratory.
Apart from that the laboratory in which the experiments will be conducted has to be audited time to time by both the committee members as well as the independent body who are to any extent not involved with the organization.
Biosafety Officer: - The Biosafety officer may be a microbiologist or a member of the technical staff, who can perform the duties on a defined part-time basis.
Nature of work: - He or she (Biosafety officer) is solely responsible for the proper execution of all the safety policies and programmes in the laboratory / in the animal house. The Biosafety officer should have sound Microbiological laboratory background and should have the experience and training in the broader aspects of laboratory safety.
The Biosafety Officer should look after the following: -
1. Periodic internal safety audits on technical methods, chemicals, materials and equipment.
2. Discussions of infringements of the safety policy with the appropriate persons.
3. The Biosafety officer should be assured that all members / staff working in the laboratory / animal house were well trained regarding the safety policies and that they are aware of all hazards and that the members of the medical, scientific and technical staff are competent to handle infectious materials.
4. Provision of continuing instruction in safety for all personal.
5. Investigations of all accidents and incidents involving the possible escape of potentially infected or toxic material, even if there have been no personal injury or exposure and reporting of the findings and recommendations to the director and safety committee.
6. Prior to any repair or servicing of any equipment which may be considered to be infectious / contagious for any individual need to be disinfected.
7. Ensuring that used materials are decontaminated and the infectious wastes are safely disposed off after treatment.
8. Provision should be there for “On Call” duties to deal with any emergency that may arise outside normal working hours.
For a small, individual laboratories will not require an elaborate organizational structure or full-time professional safety staff (Laboratory Biosafety manual, 2nd revised edition, PP no – 78)
The testing of certain items of equipment after servicing is best carried out independently by or under the supervision of the biosafety officer.
Smaller laboratories or institutions that do not have internal engineering and maintenance services, should establish a good relationship with local engineers and builders and familiarize them with the equipment and work of the laboratory.
Nature of work (Electrical and Architect) : The sole responsibility of the Electrical Engineer will be to look after any Electrical leakage which may arise due to improper / inappropriate wiring or other electrical task in laboratory and in the entire organization which otherwise may lead to accidents.
Hence a periodic survey by the Electrical Engineer is recommended. The sole responsibility of the Architect will be to give a master plan for bringing any change in the construction of rooms / laboratory. For laboratory, the Architect to construct / bring any changes in the existing laboratory should have prior consultation with the Biosafety Officers. For other changes in other rooms apart from laboratory, the Architect should consult the Management.
The Engineers and Architects can be appointed on the basis of “Permanent when required” term. Permanent when required implies to part time and should not be of full time basis and should report to the organisation when necessity arises.
Safety rules for support staff: - Support staff refers to the people except Biosafety officers working in the laboratories. Support staff from other department should not be allowed to enter the lab.
Hence for the proper hassle free functioning of the laboratory, the supporting staff should be properly trained for their work. The Biosafety Officers should provide basic training to those staffs.
The training includes:
· The staffs should be guided to clean the laboratories, all the equipment, glassware’s and rooms with disinfectants regularly under the supervision of biosafety officers.
· The staff should be made aware about the Biological hazards caused due to spillage of chemicals, media that finds application in Microbiology, Immunology, Tissue culture, etc. as well as due to other parameter.
· The biosafety Officer should look after that all the individuals / support staff working in the laboratory is maintaining proper hygiene such as wearing of protective clothing provided in the manner prescribed by the lab supervisor.
· Take the protective clothing off when an individual leave a lab to visit another part of the building which includes- staffroom, toilet etc.
· Regular washing of hands during entry in the lab or after coming out of the lab.
· Ensure that no staff has got lesions in the skin, breakage in the skin or other communicable diseases.
· Regular cutting of nails and binding of long hairs.
· The staffs should be prohibited from any eatables, drinks, etc.
· Detection of any contagious / harmful agents should be reported to the head of the Institute.
· In case of any wind or knock over or break any glassware or piece of equipment, the biosafety officer should be informed.
· Any attempt to clear up after any accident should be prohibited with permission.
· The Biosafety officer should look after that no staff enters in a room marked “Entry Restricted” sign in the door. The supporting staff should also be made aware about that.
· The staff should be trained that no individual or the staff themselves should try to empty any discarded containers in the laboratory unless a label or an instruction says to do so.
· A record for maintenance of all these activities should also be formatted.
Training Programmes: - A continuous on-the job safety training programme is essential to maintain safety awareness among the laboratory and support staff. Laboratory supervisors with the assistance of the Biosafety Officer and other resource persons, play the key role in staff training. The effectiveness of Biosafety training depends on management commitment, motivational factors adequate initial job training, good communication and ultimately the organization’s goal and objectives.
Apart from this the Institute / Organization should have a good contact with nearby Hospitals and Police station.
This checklist is intended to assist in assessments of the safety status of a laboratory. This should be accessed by biosafety Officers, Engineers, Veterinary Officer, Medical advisor and management. It includes the following: -
Laboratory Premises: - (Responsibility: Biosafety Officer, Architecture)
1. Are the premises clean?
2. Are there any structural defects in floors, stairways, walls and roofs.
3. Are the premises constructed and maintained to prevent entry and harbourage of rodents and arthropods?
4. Are there safety kits (First Aid Box) in the lab?
Storage facilities: - (Responsibility: Biosafety Officer)
· Are storage facilities, shelves, etc. arranged so that stores are secured against sliding’s, collapse or falls?
· Are storage facilities free from dust, unwanted materials and objects?
Sanitation and staff facilities: - (Responsibility: Biosafety Officer, Management)
1. Are the laboratories maintained in a clean, orderly and sanitary condition?
2. Is drinking water available?
3. Is the distilled water available in plenty?
Heating and Ventilation: - (Responsibility: Management)
Is there a comfortable working temperature?
Lighting: - (Responsibility : Electrical Engineer and Biosafety Officer)
Is the general lighting adequate?
Services: - (Responsibility: Architect and Engineer)
Ø Is each lab provided with enough sinks, water and electricity for safe working?
Ø Are internal engineering and maintenance services available with skilled engineers and craftsmen who also have the knowledge of the nature of the work of laboratory?
Ø If it is not then the Engineers and Architect should be contacted and familiarized with the equipment and work of the laboratory.
Security: - (Responsibility: Management)
a) Is the whole building security locked when unoccupied?
b) Are doors and windows vandal proof?
c) Are rooms containing hazardous materials and expensive equipment locked when unoccupied?
Fire Prevention: - (Responsibility: Management)
a) Is there a fire alarm system?
b) Do they have contacts of the nearby Fire station?
c) Are Emergency exit fully operational?
d) Are laboratory rooms with potential fire hazards equipped with appropriate extinguishers and / or fire blankets for emergency use?
Laboratory Equipments: - (Responsibility : Biosafety Officer)
a) To check that all the equipment’s have been tested O.K. by the quality control department.
b) Are pipettes used instead of hypodermic needles?
c) Are there dustbins in the lab?
Infectious materials: - (Responsibility: Biosafety officers)
a) Are work benches kept clean and tidy?
b) Are the media discarded after autoclaving?
c) Are all members / students aware of procedures for dealing with breakage and spillage of cultures and infectious materials?
d) Are disinfectants used correctly?
Chemicals: - (Responsibility: Biosafety officer, Management)
a) Are all chemicals labelled with names and warnings?
b) Are staffs trained to deal with spillages?
c) Are all chemicals / media placed alphabetically?
d) Are proper records maintained for all the media and chemicals purchased?
e) Are the expiry dates of all chemicals and media recorded in a separate book?
Animal house: (Responsibility: Biosafety Officer, Veterinary Officer & Management)
a) Are all animals kept In-house in a healthy condition?
b) Are they well fed?
c) The animals for experiments are made injured e.g. A small cut on the body and therefore care should be taken that they heal as early as possible.
d) The person who will be looking after animals should not carry out any form of torture / harassment / injury to the animals.
e) The person should be properly immunized.
f) The bioethics member should immediately report of any untoward happenings towards the animals to the forest department or to the police.
All these constitute the formation of an effective Bioethics Committee in laboratory or in a research organization.