- recommended speeds and loadings must not be exceeded;
- tubes must be adequately robust and examined for defects before use;
- loads must be balanced and tubes not overfilled;
- hazardous materials must be centrifuged in capped or sealed tubes;
- buckets, rotors, trunnions, cushions etc must be positioned correctly;
- interlocks preventing lids being opened while the centrifuge is in motion must not be overridden;
- centrifuges should be checked for signs of spillage after use;
- spillages that are not dealt with correctly can lead to corrosion of rotors etc and their eventual failure;
- rotors and other components should be inspected and maintained according to the manufacture’s recommendations; and
- cellulose acetate and cellulose nitrate tubes must not be autoclaved (explosion risk) and their use should be avoided.
- should be used either for storage of materials or for experiments;
- should be checked for leaks;
- should not contain sources of ignition (e.g. sparking electrical equipment) if used for flammable or explosive material; and
- must incorporate devices to contain explosives/implosives if necessary.