From: Jerry King <jjk7**At_Symbol_Here**MIDWESTLABS.COM>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Definition of a "wet lab"
Date: Thu, 3 Oct 2013 08:08:46 -0500
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The definition I use is a wet laboratory is one that can carry out the
analytical processes required for a method. I use this term as an
opposite to a dry lab where no analytical work is completed and only a
"result" is provided. Thus, depending on the output of the laboratory;
a sink , hoods, eye washes, instruments,and chemicals would all be
needed in a wet lab.

I also use the dry lab term to infer an imaginary process and a wet lab
as a real process.

J King

On 10/3/2013 6:44 AM, Ralph B. Stuart wrote:
> I'm working with the Cornell Undergraduate Research Board to develop lab safety training for undergrads working in research labs here. A question that arose in this context is:
> One other issue I noticed is that some students don't seem to know what a "wet lab" is. This may not be as much of a problem for our targeted group of experienced researchers, but just in case, do you have any suggestions on the best way to describe that to students?
> I wonder if anyone in DCHAS land has developed a short answer to that question. "Wet lab" doesn't mean much to me as a lab safety professional, but I know that it's an important concept in the lab planning and design world. Is a sink enough to define a "wet lab"? Is a hood necessary?
> Thanks for any help with this.
> - Ralph
> Ralph Stuart CIH
> Chemical Hygiene Officer
> Department of Environmental Health and Safety
> Cornell University
> rstuart**At_Symbol_Here**

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