Updates to Autoclave Certification Program

January 9, 2018

Where: MSU Facilities

When:  Effective immediately

What is being done: EHS is incorporating the departments back into the testing certification process.

Why this is being done: Testing of autoclaves is an annual to quarterly requirement depending on permits and/or research materials being utilized. In order for the autoclaves to be tested consistently, personnel closely associated with the departments using the autoclaves will be incorporated into the testing process.

How this will impact departments:  Each department will designate a contact person for all autoclaves associated with the Department. The designated contact person will receive communications from EHS on testing dates, certification memos, parameter signs, and instructions on running the certification test kits.

Who to contact for more information: Rebecca Ceru, Biological Safety Technologist, at (517) 432-5019 or cerurebe@ehs.msu.edu, or Dr. Jamie Sue Willard, Biosafety Officer, at (517) 353-1877 or cherryme@ehs.msu.edu or EHS at (517) 355-0153.

Additional information:

Prior to running test:

  1. Prior to testing due date, EHS will drop off test kits and paperwork
  2. Contact EHS prior to running the test to ensure EHS is available to process the kit.
    • Kits can be processed Monday – Thursday prior to 4:30pm
    • Special circumstances, contact EHS in advance to make arrangements

Running test:

  1. Place test kit next to drain in autoclave
  2. Set autoclave to parameters listed on the run parameter sheet found on the autoclave and run
  3. Fill out paperwork, make sure to complete all sections
  4. Contact EHS when test is complete informing them:
    • when you will drop off the kit and paperwork or
    • where to pick up if that was arranged
  5. EHS will process the kit, prepare certification memos and run parameters.
  6. EHS will email the report, including run parameter sheet, within a week of the test.
  7. Place run parameter sheet into sleeve attached to autoclave

Repair or maintenance:

  1. Contact EHS
  2. Run test as previously described

New or updated USDA/APHIS permit:

  1. Send a copy of the permit to EHS