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Centrifuge Safety Quiz
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Ninety percent of centrifuge failures are due to user error.
True
False

If you are unsure on how to correctly use a centrifuge, you should:
Read the manual
Ask a colleague
Call the manufacturer

Critical steps to follow in preparing a centrifuge run include:
Dry the centrifuge bowl and clean the drive spindle
Balance the centrifuge tubes/bottles
Seat the rotor on the drive hub correctly
Don't overlook rotor/make sure all rotor parts move freely
Check o-rings for cracks/grease seals weekly

Common user errors include:
Failure to secure the rotor to the drive
Not putting the lid on the rotor

It's OK to open a centrifuge while the rotor is still spinning
True
False

The two main causes of rotor failure are:


Proper rotor maintenance includes:
Cleaning rotors thoroughly and gently, including final rinse with d.i. water
Use wire end bottle brushes to clean aluminum rotors
Inspecting rotors regularly
Maintaining rotor logs


NOTE When finished, print out a copy and return it to your Safety Officer. Or...

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New York: Ithaca & Geneva
Maine: Orono, Presque Isle, & Franklin
Pennsylvania: University Park
West Virginia: Beaver
West Virginia: Kearneysville, Leetown


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Last Modified: 2/2/2010
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