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© Cambridge University Press 2013. Introduction: Laboratories are utilized in nearly all fields of science and follow strict rules of conduct. In each laboratory, a specific hierarchy is in place such that personnel in the laboratory can work safely and efficiently. Familiarizing yourself with personnel, laboratory rules and setting is essential to ensure a safe and productive working environment. Accidents can be prevented before they occur by adopting the correct attitude in the workplace and by following strict rules of conduct. These rules should be presented to any new members of staff and visitors. They explain safety procedures, laboratory hierarchy and policies for complaints and emergencies. In this chapter, we will describe some essential rules of conduct needed for safe and efficient work in a laboratory environment, highlighting what we believe are the most fundamental laboratory skills, including solution chemistry, commonly used equipment, liquid handling and the application of microscopy. Our intention is to indentify the basic skill base required to work in a clinical embryology laboratory, and to provide a solid foundation for future development.

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Textbook of Clinical Embryology

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219 - 238