Notes on Autoclave Use: Orange protective gloves have been provided for each of the BMC autoclaves on floors 4-5-6, and the three large autoclaves in B2422. All the gloves have been marked as to which autoclave they belong to. Please exercise care (and consideration) by not walking away with these protective gloves. They were meant to keep everyone from getting burned, not just you.
If you use the autoclave, you should be around to remove your items when the run is complete. Leaving items in the autoclave overnight will put the unit in a state where it may not reset the steam valves, and allow water (condensate) to collect in the steam traps, causing problems for the next user. Please be considerate, and remove your items in a timely manner.
When not in use, the doors of all autoclaves should be left open. The reason for this is that when the autoclave doors are closed, they exert pressure on the door seals, shortening their useful life. The doors of the large autoclaves in the basement should be left open about 6" to help in keeping room B2422 from becoming a sauna. Our autoclaves are tested monthly (see Efficacy tab for details).
If you have any problems in getting the autoclave to open after a run, try turning the green power switch to "off", wait about 15 minutes, then turn the power switch back to "on". This will reset the autoclave. If this doesn't work, or if you encounter any other autoclave problems, email Joe Oliva: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Autoclave use guidelines from UW Safety (PDF documents):