This video promotes radiation safety.
Random primer labeling for southern hybridization is used to demonstrate
the safety principles that apply to the use of radioisotopes in the modern
biology laboratory. This video will introduce new staff to good laboratory
practices and provide a meaningful technical review in safety for the more
experienced laboratory worker.
"Respect is something that you really
want to gain for radioactivity. It's certainly something you wouldn't
want to carry out of the laboratory and expose other people to. The
thing to keep in mind is that you can contain it and, if you're
practicing safe techniques, you are going to have less of a chance of
contaminating yourself or a piece of equipment."
Laura G. Brown
Research Technician, HHMI
Whenever working with radiation, keep yourself safe by observing these principles:
- Know your isotopes
- Practice ALARA.
- Time - Distance - Shielding to reduce dose.
- Use protective equipment.
- Perform correct monitoring.
- Know your protocol.