Vacuum equipment comes into contact with numerous substances in the laboratory. In addition to harmless substances, these can also be aggressive, harmful chemicals or infectious biological material, for example. If the equipment is then serviced or repaired at VACUUBRAND, strict protective measures are necessary for the welfare of our service team. Since occupational safety is our top priority, we operate an in-house decontamination cell as part of our quality management. This allows us to decontaminate used vacuum equipment from many hazardous substances.
What is the purpose of decontaminating the vacuum devices?
Our vacuum pumps come into contact with many different substances – including substances that are harmful to health. We naturally want to offer maintenance or repair to as many customers as possible. However, at the same time, we need to protect the health of our employees. That is why all products sent in are first cleaned in our company's own decontamination cell. As soon as they are decontaminated, our service team can check, maintain or repair them without any risk.
Why does VACUUBRAND operate its own decontamination cell?
Initially, we carried out the decontamination of vacuum pumps externally. However, over time, we took a closer look at the issue of occupational safety and that's why we decided to set up our own decontamination cell. Thanks to this, we were able to decontaminate all vacuum equipment in-house from then on. The facility even exceeds the specifications of the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (baua) for handling hazardous substances. To ensure process safety, the work procedures are embedded within our quality management. Today, the decontamination cell enables us to totally clean our equipment from many substances and thus ensure the safety of our specialised service staff. Our highly qualified team is extensively trained and receives quarterly training updates on the decontamination procedures.
Which substances can VACUUBRAND decontaminate?
Internal safety officers, chemists and our occupational safety specialist decide which substances we can decontaminate from our equipment:
How does a service case proceed at VACUUBRAND?
Decontamination follows a precisely defined procedure:
How can customers prepare their vacuum devices for maintenance or repair?
With all vacuum devices, the first question to ask is: What substances have they come into contact with? This is why it is absolutely essential that customers inform our service team at VACUUBRAND before shipping by filling out a clearance certificate. Only this enables us to make a realistic risk assessment of the desired maintenance or repair. Our trained personnel can then take the appropriate protective measures in the decontamination cell. A detailed explanation of the procedure (filling out the clearance certificate, packing and shipping the product) can be found on our website.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our service team: