Double-door Autoclave Ensures Containment Lab Safety
Apr 28 2021
When Brunel University required a double door/pass-through steam sterilisers for its CAT III containment laboratory suite it was sourced direct from dedicated British autoclave specialist, Priorclave. A 350L double-door autoclave was supplied and installed within the Heinz Wolf building, a Centre for Infection, Immunity and Disease Mechanisms, and a School of Health Sciences with a CAT II and CAT III Research Facility for secure decontamination of hazardous waste.
For laboratories wanting to maintain a secure, sterile path for media and waste as it passes in and out of a sealed laboratory, specialist British autoclave manufacturer Priorclave can supply double-door (pass-through) autoclaves in various capacities.
The Priorclave double door research grade laboratory autoclave is used for de-contamination of hazardous material prior to its release from the containment suite. This made it imperative for the double-door design to have both ends of the autoclave isolated. Sealed at the point of passing through the wall by means of a specially designed bulkhead, the actual autoclave incorporates interlocks that prevent the door at the unloading end from being opened until the sterilisation cycle has been successfully completed and the load is safe to pass into the unloading end.
Following installation Priorclave engineers tested the autoclave with actual loads, made adjustment to the autoclave set-up and software to ensure optimum performance, with complete UKAS accreditation. A full report and certification were passed to the university on completion.
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