If they decon the centrifuge in the same fashion they do the hoods they will construct a barrier around the equipment that contains the gas until the procedure is complete, usually a few hours. I don’t think it needs to be moved outside but perhaps to a non-busy part of the lab and you may want to pay an upcharge to have it done in off-hours when not as many people would be around.
Rachel E. Harrington, MPH, CHMM
Director- Office of Environmental, Health and Safety
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
3333 Green Bay Road
North Chicago, IL 60064
LIFE IN DISCOVERY
I'm having a centrifuge decommissioned that was used in the tuberculosis lab for many years. The company that's coming in to do the decontamination work is the same company that services the biosafety cabinets and fume hoods. This is a large lab with 100+ employees, so ideally I'd like for them to do the work outside - perhaps in a cordoned off section of the parking lot.
Has anyone got any experiences, thoughts, or warnings about this you'd like to share?
Eric Clark, MS, CCHO, CHMM
Safety & Compliance Officer
Los Angeles County Public Health Lab
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