Working with Biological Specimens Safely in the Lab


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Which of the following is a biological specimen?

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1. What does an autoclave do?

2. Which of the following is true about working with biological specimens?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

A biological specimen consists of any biological tissue, fluid, or organism, and this test and worksheet pairing will help you learn about lab safety when working with biological organisms. Some concepts you will be assessed on include types of biological specimens, safety and sterilization equipment, and proper lab safety protocols.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this quiz, you will be tested on topics including:

  • Biological specimens
  • Use of autoclaves
  • Precautions taken when working with biological specimens
  • How to address safety questions

Skills Practiced

The assessment and worksheet will aid students in:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson about why biological specimens are used in a lab and how to handle them safely
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define scientific terminology, such as biological specimens and autoclave
  • Critical thinking - examine information about proper protocols when working with biological specimens

Additional Learning

To learn more about the safe handling of biological specimens, review the accompanying lesson, Working with Biological Specimens Safely in the Lab. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define biological specimens and identify reasons why we study them
  • Understand the multiple ways you can safely handle biological specimens in a lab
  • Identify the protective gear that can be used to safely handle organisms
  • Define autoclave and Sharps container and find examples of why they would be used
  • Know the proper methods for disposing of biological specimens