Thermolabel Water Temp. Strips

Last updated: May 1, 2015


I. Purpose

Thermolabel Temperature Strips are used as quality assurance devices for the cage washers in north Skaggs, south Skaggs and Health Science Buildings to ensure that the water in the cage washers in all facilities reach 180°F for sanitation purposes.

II. Responsibility
It is the responsibility of LAR Staff to apply, maintain and record data from the temperature strips.

III. Procedure

  • A package of new Thermolabel Temperature Strips is located in the sleeve of each cage washer notebook. Extra strips are stored in HSB009 office in the wall cabinet
    • north Skaggs Building: dirty cage wash room
    • south Skaggs Building: dirty cage wash room
    • Health Sciences Building: dirty cage wash room
  • Frequency of use
    • north and south Skaggs Building: Each day a temperature strip will be placed in the first load of the cage washer
    • Health Science Building: A temperature strip will be placed in the first load of the day on Monday, Wednesday and Friday
  • To use strip:
    • Take a new Thermolabel Temperature strip from the package located in the cage wash binder next to the cage washer.
    • Peel off backing of strip
    • Place strip on a clean dry surface of a mouse or rat box, etc.
    • Run cage wash cycle specific for items being washed.
    • When cycle is completed, peel the Temperature Strip slowly and carefully off of the cage, etc. surface.
    • The window on the Temperature Strip will turn black if the water temperature reached 180°F.
    • Place strip in cage wash binder in the Temperature Strip section. Record time, date, run cycle and any other comments.
    • If the strip remains white, the required temperature was not met
      • Report cage washer problems to the Facility Manager who will contact Getinge Signature Services, (800) 950-9912
      • Report facilities problems to the Facility Manager who will contact Facilities Services, (406) 243-6091