Cold Storage Safety the Topic for January 2018 Meeting

Posted: Feb 17, 2018

Rose Christina, Cold Storage Specialist with ThermoFisher speaks at the Lunch and Learn at TTUHSC.

by Renee Witherspoon, CSP, CIH, CHMM, Past President (2012-2015)

On January 16 the ASSE South plains Chapter welcomed Rose Christina, Cold Storage Specialist with ThermoFisher Scientific.  Kate McKee, Territory Sales Representative with ThermoFisher, coordinated Rose’s visit to Lubbock.

Rose was able to conduct two presentations, the first was a Lunch-and-Learn at TTUHSC; the second, an evening presentation for the South Plains Chapter.

She began her presentation by explaining that although cold storage refrigerators and freezers are not the most exciting piece of equipment in a lab or clinic, purchasing  laboratory-grade equipment will come with piece of mind knowing that critical samples and vaccines will not be destroyed because of temperature fluctuations which are common in home-use models.

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Chapter Meeting and Christmas Luncheon in December

Posted: Jan 15, 2018

ASSE South Plains Chapter meet in December at R2M Engineering for the Christmas luncheon.

The South Plains Chapter met for their Christmas luncheon on December 20, 2017 at R2M Engineering in Lubbock. We had originally scheduled our speaker, Leslie Stockel, MS, CSP, SMS, North Area Governor for Region III ASSE, but she was delayed by fog in Dallas and was unable to make the meeting.  We will be rescheduling her for the May meeting.

Although she was unable to make the meeting, attendees had the opportunity to share a nice meal, meet and network with other members and friends in attendance.

The South Plains Chapter would like to thank Roger Reyna and the entire R2M staff for hosting our Christmas event again this year.

TTUHSC hosts Lunch and Learn on Centrifuge and Rotor Safety in November

Posted: Nov 27, 2017

by Renee Witherspoon, MS, CSP, CIH, CHMM, Occupational Safety Manager at TTUHSC and ASSE South Plains Chapter Past President (2012-2015)

Rob Brown with Thermo Fisher demonstrates how rotors can become damaged at a recent Lunch and Learn.

On November 8, 2017 TTUHSC Department of Safety Services hosted Rob Brown at a Lunch-and-Learn event on Centrifuge and Rotor Safety.  Rob is a Centrifuge Product Specialist at Thermo Fisher Scientific in Houston. ASSE South Plains Chapter member, Brandon Mount, MS, CSP, TTUHSC Laboratory Safety Manager and Kate McKee, MS, Territory Sales Representative at Thermo Fisher Scientific, organized the event.

Laboratory centrifuges and rotors operate at high speeds and create strong centripetal forces. (For a small fixed angle 6×180 microliter rotor running at 110,000 RPM, that is equivalent to about 199,000 g’s!)  Because of these high speeds there is a potential for causing serious injury or death if these are not operated in accordance with manufacturers recommendations.

At the Lunch-and-Learn event Rob presented an overview of centrifugation and centrifuge and rotor safety.  He finished up with a Q&A session and a quick show-and-tell on three rotors identified during a laboratory inspection conducted prior to the event. The following is a link to his presentation: Rotor Safety Presentation

The laboratory inspection process was very helpful as it provided: Read More