Level 6

Balances

General shared balances

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  • Cleaning instructions

  • Turn off balance

  • Remove pan and brush clean gently

  • Replace pan after wiping with 70% ethanol (w/w)

  • Wipe clean any glass casing and surrounding area

  • Turn balance on and run auto calibration if available

  • Test balance using 5g and 10g weight

Microbalance

  • Model/tag number

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  • Items available

  • Microbalance cover

  • Small paint brush

  • Small brush

  • Cleaning instructions

  • Turn off balance

  • Remove pan and brush clean very gently

  • Replace pan after wiping with 70% ethanol (w/w)

  • Wipe clean any glass casing and surrounding area

  • Turn balance on and run auto calibration if available

  • Test balance using 5g and 10g weight

Centrifuges

Bench top centrifuges

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  • Items available

  • A-554 swing bucket rotor

  • 4 blue inserts - complete

  • 4 aerosol proof caps

  • Micro tube rotor

  • Rotor screw tool and holder

  • Micro plate rotor

  • Cleaning instructions

  • Turn off centrifuge

  • Remove rotor and wipe out the bowl with water and 70% ethanol, including the inside of the lid

  • Check that all rotors are in good condition, including their individual buckets and attachments

  • Place all unused rotors and items into their correct positions

  • Check the locking mechanism for the lid and ensure it opens and closes with ease

  • Clean off the booking calendar and update if necessary

Ultracentrifuge

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Floor standing centrifuge

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Autoclaves

  • Autoclaves are serviced bi-annually by VWR (currently). The contact for this is David Holden *insert details*
    They are required to be done at a minimum annually to ensure they are properly pressurising and sterilising as they need to.
    In addition, monthly biological testing needs to be conducted to ensure the sterilisation process is working - Stacey usually does the testing for 5&7 and a member of the SRT/GM group generally does level 6. It might be a good thing to take this back as a job though. It's really simple and will allow greater control over when it's done and also streamline of purchasing the consumables needed for the process. SRT/GM also regularly cleaned the level 6 autoclave but the others were never done with such regularity - again, this is best taken on as a task to ensure this gets done.
    Maybe worth combining the testing with the defrost or clean of the -80*C freezers and use the clothes, that will need autoclaving before exit, as the bulk in the Autoclaves for the tests (they recommend not doing the biological testing in any empty autoclave).

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  • Cleaning instructions

  • Empty the baskets from the autoclave

  • Wearing gloves, remove the base plate and move it to the sink

  • Retrieve one of the small rectangular trays and place under the drain and empty the water

  • Wipe out the chamber with 70% ethanol and water

  • Replace the water as needed

  • Run the chamate cleaning process

  • Replace all items and wipe down the lid and outside of the autoclave

Vacuum pumps

RC-6

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Oil pumps

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