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Science laboratories and Procedural Reports:

Lab reports are to be filled by Lab master. Lab master is the crewmember in charge of experiment to be conducted. Lab masters should hold the rank of Petty Officer or above and have clearance from Chief Science officer to run and use Science laboratories.

Table of Content: Lab Reports

I. Pre-lab Report

II. Safety/Hazard Report

III. Authorization Request Report

IV. Condition of Lab Equipment (prior)

V. Post-Lab Report

VI. Condition of Lab Equipment (post)

VII. Personnel Report

VIII. Accident Report

I. Pre Lab reports

Pre lab reports should include: Purpose, materials, method/procedure, hypothesis of result. The pre-lab report should be submitted to all personnel to be included in the lab prior to start of lab.

a) Purpose – States the purpose of experiment

b) Materials – States what materials will be used and what labs, also how many lab assistants will be required

c) Method/Procedure – states the methodology in acted to derive results

d) Hypothesis of result – What you are expecting to find

II. Saftey/Hazard Report

Safety/Hazard report should list the dangers foreseen prior to lab that will be present in the lab. Known safety suggestions should be included in safety report. This can be found in safe operation of equipment logs found in ships computer. Also check Science lab General Safety Rules. Submit safety hazard report to all personnel to be present during time of experiment and a copy to Chief Science Officer with logs of submission to the lab personnel.

-- General safety rules: --

1. Wear eye protection

2. Know location and operation of safety equipment in lab and emergency devices

3. Never work in laboratory alone

4. Do only the experiment approved for the lab

5. Do not wear personal clothing that is not pre-approved for lab use

6. Report all accidents to Lab Master.

7. Do not make oral contact with objects in lab

8. Be mindful of the appearance of strange odors

9. Keep the Laboratory clean. Clean up spills immediately

10. Check lab equipment prior to lab and only use equipment in good condition

11. Check temperature reading on all objects in experiment before reaching. Avoid physical touch of hot objects.

12. Read reagent listings on any known reactions for reagents used in experiment.

13. Clean hands thoroughly prior to leaving lab to avoid oral contamination and optical damage.

III. Authorization Request

Authorization request should be submitted to chief science officer prior to use of lab. Lab access if granted will allow you to enter the lab. This request should include the name of Lab master, other personnel who will be present, and an acknowledgement that all personnel present have received the safety/hazard report. Submitted along with this request should be the Pre-Lab report and safety/hazard report.

IV. Condition of Lab Equipment (prior)

The condition of lab equipment should be gathered prior to use. This will save you from a good number of accidents and spills. This report should be collected while in the lab prior to experiment and can be conducted by any or all of the lab personnel. It should consist of an analysis of calibration, functionality, and general wear on any materials of items to be used in reactant process of lab. This data should be given to the Lab Master prior to start of lab.

V. Post Lab report

Post lab reports are used to help the chief science officer and other personnel formulate what evidence can be gathered from the experiment and help on the formulating of further research. Included in the post lab report should be the pre-lab report and a summary of data collected, general conclusions, conjectures for further analysis, and possible limiting factors in data collection. All data collected should be stored at a reference location listed in Post Lab Report.

VI. Condition of Lab Report

Condition of Lab reports help allow for labs to maintain functional status in a busy lab schedule. This report should be submitted at the end of Lab. Report should include condition of lab equipment prior report along with the ending condition of lab equipment and overall lab status. Lastly any equipment that was damaged or broken should be noted in a special section for repair or replacement. Clean up of lab should be done at the end of each lab. Status of lab should be noted as ready for use if everything checks out or requires maintenance if something needs fixing.

VII. Personnel Report

Actions of personnel in the lab should be noted to their commanding officer. The Lab Master is in charge of all personnel while in lab, this data should be collected and submitted to the chief science officer after the lab has been shut down and locked. Exemplary service should be noted as well poor performance; standard performance could be note with just an inclusion in their name on the personnel report. Injured personnel should also be noted so that the commanding officer can work out a recovery/return to work plan with the medical staff and schedule further duty schedules accordingly. No need to list a summary of the injury or how it occurred, as this will be included in the accident report.

VIII. Accident Report

Personnel are injured from time to time during lab functions. This can be the result of carelessness in lab, equipment failure, uncalculated variables, or lack of planning. Submission of an Accident report when injuries happen will allow for the chief science officer to decide a course of action to prevent further accidents. Simply state in the report what portion of the experiment was being conducted at the time of the accident, the course of events that transpired, and who was injured. It would also be beneficial to include a suggestion of a course of action to prevent further accidents and any equipment damaged in the accident.

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