Spring is finally here and while many folks are cleaning their homes, it's up to you to get a headstart on spring cleaning your chemistry lab. Annual spring cleaning and maintenance may not sound like fun, but they contribute to an organized and efficient lab environment.
A clean and organized lab is especially important when you have a communal lab space where multiple staff and students each share the same area. That said, here are some tips to consider when you're cleaning the skeletons out of your lab closet.
Book a day free of experiments
It's good to schedule a day that's completely dedicated to cleaning the lab. This way, you can take care of everything in one fell swoop. You don't have to worry about being interrupted by classes, either.
It might be hard to find a free day depending on your schedule. If you can't find one, consider scheduling a block of time each day to organize and clean your lab. This way, you can still get it done even if it takes you a little longer.
Make sure everyone who helps you clean is trained
You want to make sure when you're cleaning your lab that you have rigorous protocols for decontaminating specialist work areas when you need to.
The staff helping you clean needs to be thoroughly trained on those protocols and procedures, but you also want to organize refreshers to make sure everyone's on board.
Once everyone is trained, you can set up rotas for regular cleaning of tissue culture hoods and incubators and more general items. Be sure to defrost your freezers and free up space by discarding any unnecessary or expired reagents.
Figure out what equipment may not be worth keeping around anymore
Your lab equipment is an important part of your classroom. But depending on how long you've had that equipment, it may not be completely relevant to your students' future careers anymore.
Consider going through your equipment to figure out if there's anything that can be donated and replaced. For instance, benchtop NMR spectrometers may be more helpful to college and graduate students because they allow your students to study nuclei multiple times. That's more than your average microscope can do.
Where can I find a benchtop NMR spectrometer?
Drug discovery is a multi-billion dollar industry and chemists play a major role in many points along the drug discovery roadmap. Benchtop NMR spectrometers give your students the ability to familiarize themselves with the technology they'll be working with outside of the classroom as a part of that industry.
Nanalysis offers a variety of NMR spectrometers including low field NMR spectrometers and portable spectrometers. For more information about our products or NMR interpretation software, contact Nanalysis today.