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Hey we just did an require practical on microbes, i was wondering for my risk assessment why the incubation (containing the bacteria) plates shouldn't be opened, and disposed of correctly,
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Hey we just did an require practical on microbes, i was wondering for my risk assessment why the incubation (containing the bacteria) plates shouldn't be opened, and disposed of correctly,
Sorry, I don't understand your question. The question is asking why bacterial plates shouldn't be opened or disposed of correctly?
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I believe it is due to stop the microbes spreading in the air and to prevent you inhaling them and stopping them from causing disease.
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Hey we just did an require practical on microbes, i was wondering for my risk assessment why the incubation (containing the bacteria) plates shouldn't be opened, and disposed of correctly,
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Hey we just did an require practical on microbes, i was wondering for my risk assessment why the incubation (containing the bacteria) plates shouldn't be opened, and disposed of correctly,
1 - If the plates are opened, you risk exposing yourself to the microbes.
2 - Contamination. The plates are covered in order to prevent stuff from the outside getting in. If you open the lid, you risk contaminating your culture media with other things like fungal spores or other bacteria. This would result in a false positive.

Disposal, especially if working with bio-hazardous materials, is key to maintaining a safe working environment.
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