Housekeeping and the Condition of Laboratories

The state of laboratories and office space is very important. These are too often left in an inefficient and unsafe condition and are not conducive to good research habits. Furthermore, some practices simply waste research funds, e.g. gas cylinders are not labelled with the content and date of arrival. The result is that errors occur and charges for the rental of the cylinders, 12 months in some cases, are charged to research grants. Research funds are precious. Poor planning of experiments, failure to check the best workshop practices, and careless work in the laboratory waste research funds. Please try to think out the most efficient way of conducting a series of experiments before you act and do not burden your supervisor with unexpected workshop, glass blowing or instrument charges. In a similar vein, use the department stores and chemistry stores in an honest manner sign out all materials used.