From: Brady Arnold <barnold**At_Symbol_Here**XENOTECHLLC.COM>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Minus 80 move
Date: Thu, 10 May 2018 15:20:18 +0000
Reply-To: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**PRINCETON.EDU>
Message-ID: 8B086E49B3E1DA43808F155FF594EC0815ED130A**At_Symbol_Here**
In-Reply-To <4D4D4270-67AB-42CD-AAB4-1BF9F7DFB250**At_Symbol_Here**>

Hi All,

We've moved our -80 a couple times as we changed buildings.

The first move, the tissue was left in the freezers and dry ice was placed in any large empty spaces. The doors were closed and the freezers were allowed to come back to temperature (if any rise in temp took place). They were then placed on the truck and moved. The chart recorders were kept on by battery to make sure no temperature excursions took place. They were then plugged in at the new building and worked fine.

The second move was somewhat easier because we hired a company that had trucks with 220V plug ins. However, the process was pretty much the same.

Have everything ready at the location you're moving to before you move. Those freezers will hold their temperature a long time, but it's best not to tempt fate by leaving them unplugged any longer than necessary.

Hope this helps,


Brady P. Arnold
EHS Officer
Sekisui XenoTech

-----Original Message-----
From: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety [mailto:DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**PRINCETON.EDU] On Behalf Of Stuart, Ralph
Sent: Wednesday, May 09, 2018 8:24 PM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Minus 80 move

> >Our bioengineering department will be moving to their new digs 0.3 miles away from their present location, all within campus. Anyone willing to share their experience or some best practices on moving a number of minus 80 freezers and their contents?

I suspect that others have more experience with the physical aspects of such a move, but based on experience with similar collections, one best practice before disturbing such a collection of samples is to be sure that there is a good inventory of what the contents of the collection are before the move and that they have been culled as much as possible. Such an inventory is an asset that is rarer than one might think.

And from my time in working with people who have dealt with insurance claims after such a collection has suffered a loss, financial values for the collection should be assigned BEFORE an event leads to such a claim. "Priceless" is not a useful assessment for this purpose.

Good luck!

- Ralph

Ralph Stuart, CIH, CCHO
Environmental Safety Manager
Keene State College
603 358-2859


For more information about the DCHAS-L e-mail list, contact the Divisional membership chair at membership**At_Symbol_Here**
Follow us on Twitter **At_Symbol_Here**acsdchas

This e-mail message, including any attachment, is for the sole use of the intended recipient(s) and may contain legally privileged and/or confidential information. Unauthorized review, use, disclosure or distribution is prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient of this message or if this message has been addressed to you in error, please contact the sender by reply e-mail and delete and destroy all copies of the original message.

For more information about the DCHAS-L e-mail list, contact the Divisional membership chair at membership**At_Symbol_Here**
Follow us on Twitter **At_Symbol_Here**acsdchas

Previous post   |  Top of Page   |   Next post

The content of this page reflects the personal opinion(s) of the author(s) only, not the American Chemical Society, ILPI, Safety Emporium, or any other party. Use of any information on this page is at the reader's own risk. Unauthorized reproduction of these materials is prohibited. Send questions/comments about the archive to
The maintenance and hosting of the DCHAS-L archive is provided through the generous support of Safety Emporium.