[Histonet] RE: fridge/freezer storage space

Emily Sours talulahgosh <@t> gmail.com
Thu Oct 14 08:15:44 CDT 2010

If you don't want to pay $2000 for software, you should just make your own
excel worksheet.  Have one person be in charge of it and no one is allowed
to put anything in the freezer without asking for permission.  I had to
clean a departmental freezer once, and it was awful.  So much stuff no one
knew about, so I just chucked it.  My motto is if it's not been claimed by
three days, chuck it.
Also, make everyone label their stuff with their PI's name.  Or if you're
not in research, with your lab's room number, or something like that.  My
other motto, if it doesn't have a PI's name on it, it goes in the trash.
People were really whiny at first, but now there's no extra crap in the cold
room or warm room unless it's labeled.
I rule with an iron fist!! Don't cross the departmental manager!!

Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark
to read.
--Groucho Marx

On Thu, Oct 14, 2010 at 8:58 AM, John Shelley
<jshelley <@t> sanfordburnham.org>wrote:

> Hi Richard,
> We are a research facility and have the same issue with not always knowing
> where and whose stuff is in the freezer or refrigerators. Even with the best
> system though you still have to have people who communicate that they are
> taking stuff out and also replacing back where it was removed from.
> We have instituted the use of a system called Freezer Pro. Here is the web
> address http://www.ruro.com/products/freezerpro.html
> At least this is a start, hope it helps.
> Kind Regards!
> John J Shelley
> Senior Research Associate, Histology Core Facility
> Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute at Lake Nona
> 6400 Sanger Road
> Orlando, FL 32827
> Tel: (407) 745-2000 Ext.2517
> Fax: (407) 745-2001
> email:  jshelley <@t> sanfordburnham.org
> -----Original Message-----
> From: histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu [mailto:
> histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu] On Behalf Of Edwards, Richard
> E.
> Sent: Thursday, October 14, 2010 7:08 AM
> To: Histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu
> Subject: [Histonet] fridge/freezer storage space
> Does  anyone  out  there  have  an  effective policy  for  monitoring the
> storage of material at  4C,-20C or -80C. At  the  moment  if  any  more
>  space  is required the  solution is  usually  to  buy  another fridge  or
>  freezer, which then takes up  more  floor  space, uses more  electricity
> and quickly fills as individuals use   the  space that has become available.
> So  can  anyone  suggest/ or  has in place  a  system whereby  the  contents
>  of  fridges/freezers can be  monitored on a  regular  basis and  old/out of
> date stuff is  disposed off. I expect  that all  you  GLP laboratories have
>  it  sorted,  and  I  would  welcome  any  input  from you. Ours is a
>  university lab where  no  such  rules/regulations seem  to  exist and
>  often when people  leave they  forget  to throw  out their stuff which can
> then  remain for  years.
>                                          Many  thanks
>                                                   Richard  Edwards
>                                                          Leicester
> University
>                                                                U.K.
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