There will soon be a vacant/occupied sign outside each microscope rooms. Please use them in addition to the calendar.
Microscopes are only to be scheduled for half a day or for a full day at big.umassmed.edu. The calendar now defaults to full day. If you need to use a microscope for less than a day, start your microscope session on the hour, and end half-past an hour. For example, start at 9am, and end at 11:30am. This allows at least a 30 minute gap between users for proper air exchange to occur in the room.
The following will need to be done before starting your imaging session, and after you have finished.
Assume all power switches and other high contact surfaces are contaminated. You may elect to use gloves and/or wipe them down. If you don't use gloves, please sanitize your hands immediately before and after touching any power switches. Keys to turn lasers on maybe difficult to clean but should be done.
- Wipe the power button.
- Wipe the tops of the keys of the keyboard.
- Wipe the top and sides of the mouse.
- Wipe down the desk area around the keyboard and mouse.
- Wipe the cap and sides of the oil bottle.
- Wipe the left and right fine/coarse focus control knobs.
- Wipe the stage surface and stage control knobs, especially focusing on the areas you manipulate to insert a slide.
- Wipe down the front body of the microscope, where your exhaled air would likely land.
- Wipe down any optical table surface that you might place arms or hands.
- If equipped, wipe the remote focus control knob.
- If equipped, wipe down any control pads and/or stage control joysticks.
- Confirm that the ocular rubber eyecups are not in place. They should not be used.
If you need help, email, text, voice call, or video call with Karl Bellve maybe done. If he has to enter a microscope room to solve an issue, he will wait until you have left the room or come in during off hours.