We’re going back to work, and microscopes are ideal virus transmitters
In these times of the coronavirus pandemic, research laboratories are confronted with developing new safety protocols, including the disinfection of instruments, and in particular microscopes.
To help facilitate the safely of our international microwear and residue analyst community, we are sharing some recommendations for best practices in disinfecting equipment. We want to draw your attention to the fact that microscopes can be very virus-transmitting. In order to prevent contagion, AWRANA recommends two steps:
- Disinfect the microscope between each user. The best disinfectant is a mixture of Ethanol (25g) and Propa 1 ol (35 g); it is effective against both bacteria AND viruses. There is no need for a long contact time for the chemicals to disinfect. Therefore, it is not too aggressive for microscope optics (however, don’t leave the disinfectant on too long because it will eventually damage the optics).
Here you will find some effective products with their composition and contact time for disinfection, along with a list of distributors.
- Disinfecting a microscope is mandatory but difficult (lots of nooks and crannies, angles, the setting wheels are not always smooth…) so please remember to use personal protective equipment including:
- protective glasses
- a mask
Wash your hands immediately after removing all protective clothing.… 😊
- Don’t forget to disinfect surfaces around the microscope, door knobs, and other surfaces you might have touched.
Be careful and take precautions to prevent the spread of the flu virus! We hope everyone is safe and healthy!