The staff operating this facility are:
Ms Hoa Luong
Mr Mohamed Khaz
Mr David Newman
The Autoclave/Glass Wash Facility is a restricted area, but the staff can be contacted as follows:
The central Autoclave/Glass Wash facility is as its name suggests is where waste laboratory material containing, or potentially containing, infectious agents and genetically-modified (GM) material is heat-inactivated prior to being sent for incineration. The Institute is under a legal obligation to ensure that all material containing Hazard Group 2 pathogens and above, as well as any GM material is processed and made safe before it leaves our buildings The facility is equipped with two large Priorclave autoclaves for the inactivation of infectious waste and these operate at a temperature 134°C for the inactivation of solid waste. A third autoclave is used for the sterilization of media, buffers and other material as requested by research staff.
Dirty glassware for the laboratories is cleaned using the three Lancer glass washers then placed into a drying cabinet until completely dry and ready for re-use. This facility is also equipped with a dry heat sterilising oven (160ºC) which is used for the sterilization of glassware and instruments.
Laundering of laboratory coats/gowns:
The staff are also responsible for arranging the laundering of laboratory coats and for ensuring that stocks of clean coats are always available.
A general collection of laboratory coats is operated twice a year to identify ones that are not being used so we can recycle them back into stock. An Institute email is sent to staff beforehand to advise of this collection.
The staff who operate this facility deal with the transport, handling and processing of infectious waste, glassware and materials for cleaning and sterilization. Should you have any special requirements regarding the sterilisation of equipment, media or buffers, the staff will always be pleased to help. Supplies of clinical waste bags, sharps boxes (4, 7 and 24L sizes are routinely available but other types may be obtained on request) and plastic identification ties may be obtained by contacting the operating staff via email link above or one of the phone numbers below.
The Laboratory Manager responsible for this facility is:
Or in his absence: