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Notes from the Shared Washroom (243)

Ice Machine

Please take the time to remove spilled ice from the floor. When it melts, it is hazardous to everyone.


The autoclaves are in shared equipment rooms in the basement, 2nd and 3rd floors.  If you have any questions about how to run them there should be instruction posters  and manuals in the room.  I usually run one tips cycle everyday, and frequently liquid cycles. 

The autoclaves do not shut down everyday at 11PM, but will finish a cycle if running at the time. You can manually restart it if you are here that late. Start up is at 7AM. To run a cycle before I get in, press cancel on the screen and let the machine run its flush cycle, about 5 min. Then you can go ahead.

Running the Autoclave

Glassware and Plastic - including all beakers, flasks, cylinders and bottles.

Please make sure all agar is removed from items, it clogs the filter on the dishwasher if I don't catch it. Remove all tape, rinse well and invert onto the white pegs above each sink in the lab or on the counter in the washroom. Please don't use the pegs above the main sink, as I store my baskets there. Always leave sinks clear.

Clean glassware is in the cabinets in the main lab. Sterile bottles and glassware are indicated with tape. Always inspect items before use. If at anytime an item is in questionable condition, bring it to my attention so I can follow up.

Used Culture Tubes and 96 well Culture Plates

Soak 96 well culture plates in the large blue bucket on the washroom counter. Bleach solution is replaced periodically.

Remove all tape from tubes and leave in the washroom. Add some Bleach solution to each tube and re-cap, otherwise the fumes are overwhelming, Thanks! Please remember to leave racks when possible, so I have something to put the clean tubes into. Sterile racks of tubes are located over the ice machine. Individual tubes may be pulled from the indicated rack.

Bleach is located under the sink. Solution recipe is on the squirt bottle.

Used Culture Plates

Dispose of culture plates into the double bag in the white bin. I autoclave on M, W, F. If you are generating a ton of plates, please let me know so I can take care of it right away.

Glass Beads and Toothpicks

Glass beads are picked up for cleaning from the bench once a week. Sterilized beads and toothpicks are located in the drawer near to the culture plate bin.

Smolke Lab Tips and Sterile Eppendorf Tubes

Leave items for reloading next on the counter next to the main sink. Make sure to leave tray/container and lid. Place large Rainin filter tip boxes in the box under the counter for recycling. Sterile tips and eppendorfs are located in the labeled cabinets in the main lab.

Everything Else

Broken glass is deposited in the marked container by the culture plate bin. There is a small broom and pan under the sink for breakage. Also a mop for small spills. Paper towels are located by various sinks. Hand soap refills are located under various sinks. Please do not throw the pumps away.