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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" Requests sent to Purdue personal email boxes or via telephone cannot be guaranteed addition to the Workflow Tracking Task List.

Responsibilities of Biology Maintenance

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

    • Contact John Bowman ( for current resources and contacts.

  • 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.

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