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