Now more than ever, it is vital to keep your living and workspaces clean where contamination can easily spread. In the lab is no different, and regular handling of laboratory products can pass unseen microorganisms and viruses from one person to the next. Given how many objects we touch throughout the day, it’s not just our hands that need regular washing. 

Disinfecting and keeping your labware sterile is an important step towards preventing the spread of viruses such as COVID-19. So, with that in mind, what are the best ways to reduce contamination and prevent the spread of invisible contagions?

Avoid cross-contamination

A laboratory can be a busy place, and sharing products between multiple people introduces the risk of the transfer of pathogens on surfaces you interact with. Keep your equipment separate where you can, clean them thoroughly before passing to another person, while maintaining the appropriate social distance, and only clean with the correct products for the job at hand.

Cleaning and sterilisation

When it comes to laboratory cleanliness, it must be thorough and effective. Proper cleaning is essential in fighting the spread of germs and viruses such as COVID-19 by keeping objects and surfaces sanitised, disinfected and safe to use.

Wash bottles such as the Azlon® Round Integral wash bottle, designed with a precision tip for perfect liquid jet cleaning, can be used safely and efficiently with its integral spout - minimising contamination as the inner tube doesn’t need to be removed and placed on the workbench when the bottle is refilled.

Another option is the Azlon® Wide neck wash bottle, which is specifically designed for easy and spill-free filling, reducing the amount of unnecessary mess and clean-up on your workstation. All bottles can be customised for easy identification, whether it's for water, acetone, methanol or other solutions. 

An autoclave is ideal for sterilising appropriate Azlon® plastic labware with pressurised saturated steam. Products made from polypropylene, or PMP, are amongst those materials suitable for autoclaving. Within the  Azlon® portfolio a red ‘A’ symbol indicates that product is autoclavable.

Wear protective equipment

Even when not handling hazardous materials, it’s best practice to wear gloves. They can help protect your skin from chemicals or other hazards you handle, and in some instances, they are also used to protect the work from contamination.After use, gloves should be removed, appropriately disposed of, and replaced with a fresh pair.

Wash, rinse, repeat

Clean well and clean often. Always clean appropriate laboratory equipment  between uses, with frequent cleaning of work surfaces and other sterile areas. With a whole range of wash bottles to keep your labware clean, you can count on DWK Life Sciences and Azlon® products for the easy, efficient and safe prevention of contamination in your lab. Please contact us for more information about our products and services and how we can help you.