Centrifuge Use

A centrifuge separates liquids of different densities, such as DNA, blood, and proteins, at a high rate of speed.  To ensure the safety of your lab personnel, the integrity of your research, and the investment in your lab, implement the following best practices:

  • Follow all the manufacturer’s instructions for care.
  • Develop and implement a strict cleaning, storing, and maintenance protocol.
  • Only use manufacturer compatible centrifuge, rotor, buckets, caps, and adapters.
  • Replace centrifuge parts including bottles, tubes, and O-rings at the first sign of damage.
  • Assemble the bottles, buckets, and rotor per the manufacturer’s instructions.

Improper care of a centrifuge and its components can lead to exposure to hazardous substances, injuries, damaged equipment and lab space, and a loss of research, money, and time.

Standard Operating Procedures, Guidelines, and Manuals

The following documents may be required for your research operation, depending on what type of research you are performing, the potential hazards you and your staff will be exposed to, and the engineering controls you are implementing.  Some of these documents are in a downloadable “Word”
format so that you can print them for your operation as is, or download and modify them to meet your unique needs.  When you click the link it will automatically go to the download file.

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