Metal Labware

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Midland Scientific Inc.
Scoops
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Polystyrene
Metal labware is a durable alternative to other types of lab supplies. Beakers, pipettes, sampling scoops, and lab equipment are a necessary part of experiments, data analysis, and data collection in order to remain compliant with federal and OSHA standards. Labware made from stainless steel is resistant to rusting and scratches and comes in a variety of sizes and designs. Staples® carries a selection of these tools and scientific supplies for work and educational use.

Advantages of Using Metal Laboratory Supplies
Metal labware offers a variety of benefits over traditional glass spatulas, scrapers, and containers. The durable design is resistant to chipping and breaking, and it contains no sharp edges that can cause damage to boxes and packaging. Metal has a high tolerance to both heat and cold, so it's possible to transfer it from freezer to heat and back again without damage, and it stores securely in a variety of environments without additional accommodations. Non-precious metal options have a long shelf life, which saves money and eliminates the need to constantly purchase replacements. These alternate pieces of laboratory equipment are recyclable, making them a better option for the environment over plastics.

Considering the Types of Lab Supplies
Most labware comes in steel and other metal versions to give users a choice. Steel jars in a variety of sizes hold specimens, while metal forceps provide strength and durability and resist bending and breaking under most circumstances. Steel support stands bear heavy loads well and can hold a variety of utensils such as laboratory spatulas and sampling scoops securely. For mixing and stirring, most metal spatulas have individual packaging to ensure sterility on first-time use, and they come in bulk packages to accommodate busy labs and commercial environments.

Is It Possible to Sterilize Metal Lab Supplies?
After washing, it’s possible to sterilize items in a hot-air oven, also known as an autoclave. Place all items in the autoclave for approximately two to three hours. Alternatively, sterilize metal supplies by spraying with a small amount of isopropyl alcohol. Allow the alcohol to sit for 20 minutes and wipe down with a moist, clean towel. Be sure to wipe the metal clean with a dry cloth to remove any excess. In some cases, it’s possible to sterilize stainless steel labware by placing it in a dishwasher on the hottest setting and running it through a normal wash cycle.

Does Metal Labware Have a Non-Porous Surface?
Metal is an excellent choice for health environments due to its non-porous surfaces. Bacteria, viruses, and other germs can’t penetrate the material, and cleaning with a strong solvent is typically enough to kill any microorganisms. The surface is smooth, so there are no cracks and crevices that may harbor bacteria.

Do Metal Lab Supplies Rust Over Time?
Stainless steel is the most common metal used to make labware. Even in moist environments or when exposed to wet conditions, stainless steel resists rust and corrosion. Because steel is such a sturdy metal, it's often used for cabinets, counters, shelves, carts, beds, and other larger pieces of furniture and labware in hospitals and healthcare facilities.

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