What safety precautions should I take when handling qEV columns?

Below is a list of the recommended safety precautions:

  • Always use appropriate personal protection equipment such as lab coats, gloves and safety glasses when handling qEV columns.
  • The column anti-bacterial solution contains 0.05% w/v sodium azide. Sodium azide in larger quantities is toxic so direct contact with skin or eyes should be avoided.
  • Waste buffer should be disposed of in a safe manner. Sodium azide accumulation over time in copper pipes can result in an explosion. 
  • Biological samples can be hazardous, consult your laboratory safety officer for information on safe handling of your sample when using the qEV column.