Cool Rooms/Controlled Temperature Room Services

 

 

Cool Rooms/Controlled Temperature Room Services

 

Many moulds and bacteria thrive in a moist environment, even at 4°C. Each time the cool room door is opened, warm, relatively moist air is drawn into the cool room, further fueling the total moisture content of the cool room. This results with the closed cool room operating at a Relative Humidity of 80-100%. When this is added to high organic source load in the cool room, an ideal environment exists for growth of mould and bacteria.

 

A forgotten source of contamination

 

Cool rooms are often forgotten in laboratory environment, as they are communal areas that most staff use, but they are generally “out-of-site” and no one person is assigned ownership of the area. Facility managers often have the responsibility for cool room plant maintenance, but are justifiably reluctant to interfere with staff samples that are stored in the area (sometime for excessive lengths of time). A challenging situation that may lead to severe cross contamination of precious samples and/or, pose a health risk to staff using the cool room.

 

Biosafety can assist as we integrate the entire process for all stakeholders. We follow IICRC S520 Mould Guidelines and Australian Standards to clean and disinfect the cool rooms. This minimises cross-contamination of essential samples, increases efficiency and most importantly protects staff from exposure to mould and spores.