Safe Handling of Autoclave Glass
Autoclave glassware just like any other type of laboratory glassware needs to be handled with utmost care. In sterilization labs, when the best care is not accorded to glass materials breakages are quite common. For starters, it is important to note that the safe handling of sterilization glass starts with the handling of this glass. This is because personnel working in these labs are usually infrequent contact with the glass. As such, any carelessness when handling the glass most likely leads to breakage and consequently leading to losses.
Ways of safe handling autoclave glass include:
There are lots of ways to take care of glassware used in sterilizers in order to ensure that they are protected from breakages. These ways are such as:
Use of specialized transport and storage for sterilizer glass
When moving sterilizer glass from one point to the other, it is important to use trays or other specialized forms of transport. At no one time should glassware in sterilization be moved using bare hands. This is because holding the crystal with bare hand is quite risky as you may drop the glass resulting to breakages. After use, the glass should be stored in a safe or secure place away from any interference.
Treat sterilizer glass regularly
Due to the exposure of glass to microorganisms such as bacteria whether during the sterilization process or in storage, it is important to treat the glass frequently. Preferably sterilizer should be treated before and after every use. This helps in ensuring that the glass is contamination free at all times. In addition to treating the glass, it should also be rinsed with de-ionized water before and after each use. After rinsing the glass, you should use a treated towel to dry the excess water on the glassware.
Training of personnel on the handling of laboratory glassware
Personnel who are in constant contact with autoclave glass need to be trained on how to handle this glassware in the best way possible. This is by ensuring that they are equipped on the best tips method on how to handle the glass professionally without inflicting any personal injuries or causing breakages on the glass. Training should be inclusive of how to use and store sterilizer glass after use.
Fixing fittings on sterilizer glass
Where fixing fittings such as stoppers on sterilizer glass is concerned, the personnel should be trained on how to go about with this process. This is especially when dealing with glass tubing that needs to be fixed to supply drains and lines in the sterilizer. When such is the case, workers need to be showing how to lubricate fittings such as rubber stoppers for them to fit comfortably into the glass.
Autoclave glass should be handled with great care and concern at all times. This is for purposes of ensuring that the durability of sterilizer glass is maintained at its best irrespective of its frequent use. There should also be reliance on manufacturer guides that come with sterilizers that provide basics on how to handle sterilizer glass.