Fundamentals of Centrifuge Safety

Category: Laboratories

Centrifuges are instruments used to separate mixtures, based on particle size and density, by spinning the mixtures at high speeds. These instruments are essential tools in all types of laboratories. Serious injuries or potential exposures can occur if centrifuges are improperly used or maintained.

This basic-level eLearning course provides information on the safe use of centrifuges. Topics covered include major parts of a centrifuge, types of centrifuges, potential hazards, how to work safely with a centrifuge, and what to do if there is an emergency.


Public health and clinical laboratory staff, safety professionals and persons interested in safe use of centrifuges.


At the conclusion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Identify common types of centrifuges used in laboratories
  • Describe the potential hazards associated with centrifuge use
  • Identify control measures to minimize exposure to centrifuge hazards
  • Identify safe work practices for centrifuge use
  • Describe what to do in the event of an emergency


30 minutes

Continuing Education Units (CEU)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Laboratory Systems is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program.

This course is approved for 0.5 contact hours. P.A.C.E.®

P.A.C.E.® Course Number: 288-003-22


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