Biology Maintenance Work Policy

Biology Maintenance work requests are managed using a web-based Workflow Tracking Task Tool

Work requests should be submitted only via email to "Biology Maintenance" bio-maintenance@purdue.edu. Requests sent to Purdue personal email boxes or via telephone cannot be guaranteed addition to the Workflow Tracking Task List

Biology Maintenance will routinely be responsible for:

Biology Maintenance will not be responsible for:

Under certain circumstances and at the discretion of the department, Biology Maintenance will be responsible for:

  • Preventative maintenance and repair of department shared equipment (i.e. ice machines, autoclaves, film processors, water softener, RO system, dishwashers, walk-in cold room, back-up -80 freezers)

  • Telecommunications

  • Repair of lab and office infrastructure ( i.e. cabinetry, shelving, room utilities, patch and paint)

  • Training and instruction for lab equipment maintenance and operation as requested (i.e. water purification system filter replacement, autoclave use, gas cylinder exchange)

  • Submitting work orders to Purdue Physical Facilities for building related repairs as requested

  • Lab and office renovation as approved by the department

  • Furniture and equipment re-location or disposal (not Salvage)

  • Defrosting freezers as requested

  • Input and consultation on major lab equipment purchase and installation

  • Facilitating repair or replacement of department instructional equipment and electronics
  • Repair of Research equipment or electronics

  • Water purification filter changes (instruction and training provided by Bio Maintenance)

  • Defrosting freezers, with some exceptions

  • Change out gas cylinders in labs  (instruction and training provided by Bio Maintenance)

  • Chemical waste disposal  (instruction and training provided by Bio Maintenance)

  • Biohazard waste disposal  (instruction and training provided by Bio Maintenance)

  • Stocks, cultures, lab notebooks and other research related material left in offices, labs or freezers after space has been turned back over to the department (Faculty re-location)

  • Routine equipment disposal to Purdue Salvage (instruction and training provided by Bio Maintenance)

  • Design and fabrication of research devices or structures
    • Contingent on Biology Maintenance staff schedule and availability

    • Only if necessary due to unavailability from a commercial or local fee-based source

    • All material costs will be paid by PI

    • Biology Maintenance only to supply labor and design consultation

    • Determined on a case-by-case basis

A more detailed Biology Maintenance Guide is being developed with clarifying examples, instructions and resource links. Questions? Contact Kathy Anderson ( kianders@purdue.edu

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