The basic glassware selection available to each FSV laboratory consists of graduated test tubes, volumetric flasks, beakers, Erlenmeyer flasks, funnels, as well as Duran or Schott screw-cap bottles. All glassware is available in glass and plastic in a wide range of volumes.
The basic stock is provided free of charge and is restocked regularly or upon request. If needed, additional items are available at the premises of the Washing Facilities in AI 0231 and SV 1522, during the opening hours of the Service.
On request, more specific items can be made available.
NB: The glassware stock made available to the laboratories is the property of the SV School. Thus, no items are labeled with the names of the laboratories. If laboratories have specific glassware items, these can be marked with a distinctive sign so that they are not mixed with the common stock.
The Facility personnel maintains a clean supply of glassware for each laboratory. Pickup and distribution is performed each business day as follows:
- 7:30 AM: Pickup of dirty glassware;
- Between 8:00 and 10:00 AM: Distribution of clean glassware;
- Between 3:00 and 4:00 PM: Distribution of clean plastic items.
IMPORTANT: For safety and hygiene reasons, users are required to rinse the dirty glassware before placing it in the plastic bins provided. The clean items are then distributed directly into the cupboards.
The treatment of the glassware is carried out in the following way:
- All glassware is machine washed and dried;
- Schott and Duran bottles, and screw caps are autoclaved for 20 minutes at 121°C. Sterile items are labeled with an autoclave control tape and a barcode with the date, autoclave number and sterilization batch;
- The remaining glassware is dried in a dry heat oven at 180°C for 2.5 hours. Dried items are marked with a machine drying label.
Plastic ware (cylinders, funnels, beakers, etc.) are not autoclaved.
Processed items and glassware are controlled at each step of the process. The prevention of possible contamination linked to the turn-over of the material is ensured by the application of GLP guidelines (Good Laboratory Practice) for all services performed by the Facility. GLP standards in place also guarantee the proper functioning of the facility and the traceability of all items autoclaved.
NB: on special and justified request, the glassware can be cleaned without the use of detergent in a specific washing cycle.