Dish facility and Autoclaving in Neo

In Neo we have an in-house system for washing and sterilisation, which will provide basic service available to all researchers in Neo.

Description of the dish facility routine work

Lab glass (and certain plastic beakers and similar) are bought, owned and stored primarily commonly in Neo.

Occasionally unusual or delicate types of wares are bought and stored by research groups, in such cases it is only washed by the dish facility by request and is afterwards returned to the research group.

Dirty dishes is collected 3 times daily from collection sites for dishes and autoclaving on floor 6, 7 and 8 and is stored after washing in the glass storage on floor 8.

All dirty dishes must be free from labeling, markings and hazardous chemicals when being left for washing, with the exception of specific clean-water bottles with yellow lid and marking “H2O” on the side.

 

Operating hours:

Currently the collection times for dishes and wares for autoclavation are 05:00, 08:00 and 10:30, Monday to Friday.

Description of the autoclaving routine

Glasswares are only autoclaved by request, except a small number of bottles that are autoclaved after washing and are stored in the glass storage.

All solutions that are submitted for autoclavation must be clearly labeled with what the solution is, concentration, any applicable hazard pictograms, the user's name, department, research group and date.

Solutions and wares for autoclavation is collected 3 times daily from collection sites for dishes and autoclaving on floor 6, 7 and 8. After autoclavation everything is placed on labeled shelves by the glass storage.

Currently the collection times for dishes and wares for autoclavation are 05:00, 08:00 and 10:30.

Autoclavation for sterilization of waste is done as needed in an specialised waste autoclave.

5 liter jerry cans containing cultures (without cytostatics, antibiotics or anything else that would make it be classified as chemical waste) can be taken by users to the waste autoclavation room (8362), where users must logg and tag the jerry can with a metal tag (for identification after autoclavation). The jerry cans are autoclaved by Neo service group staff and afterwards the sterilized culture will be poured out the drain.

Description of the management of lab coats

Lab coats are rented jointly in Neo and clean lab coats are stored close to the dish facility on floor 8, where dirty lab coats are also collected.

Dirty lab coats are sorted by users by type and suspected level of contamination. The pockets must be emptied – anything that might be a hazard for the laundry personnel must be removed, such as pens, scalpels, scissors etc.

Currently dirty lab coats are collected on Fridays, so leaving dirty lab coats needs to be done at the latest on Thursday afternoon.

Petri Köttö

Laboratory technician