Microfuge Caps

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During heating operations, caps on a microfuge tube can pop open, releasing a radioactive aqueous solution that could contaminate your work area.  

Using Cap Locks

A worker in a radioactive materials lab was performing an experiment which involved incubating a 40 µl sample in a 0.6 ml microfuge tube using a dry heat block. As the tube was lifted from the heat block, the cap popped open, releasing a radioactive aqueous solution that contaminated the work area.  Cap locks, as shown below, are now being used in this lab during heat block incubations to prevent future occurrences:


Lab personnel are encouraged to obtain cap locks for tubes used in procedures where internal pressures may be generated. Cap locks can be purchased through most laboratory supply venders such as Laboratory Products Sales, Inc, VWR, and Fisher Scientific.

Contact an Expert

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Jeffrey Slawson, CHP

Radiation Safety Officer

Environment, Health & Safety

Phone: 716-829-5823

Email: jslawson@buffalo.edu