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For Swabs & Pipettes:

Whats the shelf life of the pipettes

The shelf life will be indicated by an expiry date printed on each pipettes individual wrap.  They will be supplied with at least 1 years shelf life remaining.

Once I open the pack of pipettes will they all then be un-sterile?

No, they are wrapped individually so that you only use those pipettes you remove from their individual peel pouches.

How much can i measure?

The pipette is graduated in 0.5ml graduations and has a total volume of 3ml so you can measure from 0.5ml to 3ml.

Are they easy to use?

They are very simple to use.

  1. Hold the bulb end of the pipette only, avoid touching the lower part of the pipette.
  2. Put the tip of the pipette into the liquid you wish to test.
  3. Press the bulb of the pipette to expel air.
  4. Slowly release the bulb until the fluid rises to the desired volume
  5. Transfer the fluid to the test kit, and press the bulb again to expel the fluid into the test kit.
Can I re-use it?

The pipettes are supplied sterile, once you use one it will no longer be sterile.  Therefore for testing for microbes the pipettes may only be used once.

What size packs are available?

We usually supply in 10, 100 and 500 pack sizes.  If you require a bespoke size please let us know.

What is the Shelf Life of the Swabs?

The shelf life will be indicated by an expiry date printed on each swab individual wrap.  They will be supplied with at least 1 years shelf life remaining.

What can I measure with a Swab?

Swabs are designed to sample a variety of media, they can be used to sample:

  • Corrosion deposits
  • Soil samples
  • Surfaces
  • None liquid materials
  • others
Once I open the swabs will they all be un-sterile?

No, they are wrapped individually so that you only use those Swabs you remove from their individual peel pouches.

Are swabs easy to use?

They are very simple to use.  Best practice is as follows:

  1. Hold by the end of the shaft, do not touch the swab end.
  2. Put the tip of the swab onto the surface to be tested.  Swab a defined area so that the results of tests from different areas can be compared.
  3. Whilst rolling the swab backwards swab the defined area
  4. Transfer the swab to the test kit, and rotate and agitate the swab within the test kit to transfer sample into the test kit.
  5. Dispose of the used swab.
Can I use a swab more than once?

NO, swabs are supplied sterile, once used they are contaminated.

What Pack Sizes are available?

Normally supplied in 10,100 and 1250 packs, other pack sizes can be packed to order please request this at time of order.