This site describes in detail how to dispose different kinds of waste related to the use of the flow cytometer.
- For the sake of your own health, ALWAYS wear blue gloves, lab coat and safety glasses when handling liquid waste! Keep your mouth closed.
- Non-toxic solid and liquid waste can be disposed in the normal laboratory waste bin.
- Solid waste is defined as any solid material (tubes, tips, ...) which has come in contact with toxic liquids but does not or to very small volumes (<200 µL) contain toxic liquids.
- Liquid waste is defined as any liquid containing hazardous or toxic chemicals (such as DAPI, Hoechst, DHE, Sodium azide, Propidium iodide, Ethidium bromide, ...)
- Solid and liquid waste must be disposed of separately.
- The blue FACS waste container contains Sodium azide and rests of chemicals used by the experimentator. It is therefore to be considered as highly toxic and hence as liquid waste.
- For the sake of easier handling, solid waste is collected in empty ethanol bottles (to be found in the closet next to the Wash lab).
- This bottle will be disposed of in the normal waste container and will not be collected.
- No symbol stickers are needed.
- All liquid waste, even minor amounts, have to be collected in a separate container.
- A blue 25 L container can be retrieved from the Zentrallager
- Appropriate designation has to be written on the container: FACS LIQUID WASTE
- Appropriate symbol stickers: T (toxic), N (Environmental hazard) have to be applied
- If the container is full and no blue containers are available, use an empty ethanol bottle.
- The full container has to be kept and a special disposal will be organized by the technicians in regular intervals.