As part of our Lab Products Survey series, Lab Manager has compiled the responses of 320 lab professionals regarding the use of Biological Safety Cabinets (BSCs) in the lab.
BSCs are specialized work areas that provide protection to users/operators and/or samples. They are categorized as Class I, Class II or Class III, depending on their construction, airflow characteristics and exhaust systems. These classifications are based on each BSC’s suitability for samples at various biosafety levels. Class I and Class II cabinets handle Biosafety levels 1, 2 and 3 (low to moderate risk), while Class III BSCs are intended for use with Biosafety Level 4 agents (high risk).
BSCs are distinct from other safety enclosures. A distinguishing component of BSCs is their use of high-effieicncy particle air (HEPA) filters, which scrub effluent between 99.5 percent and 99.99 percent of airborne particles, or at least 99.97 percent of particles larger than 3 microns.
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