2015 Biological Safety Cabinet Survey Results

Learn what readers look for when buying and more in our latest results.

By Trevor Henderson

Biological safety cabinets (BSCs) are enclosures that protect users and the environment from biohazards by removing particulates and aerosolized pathogens from the work area through HEPA filtration, then recirculate or exhaust the purified air, hence, cleansing the workspace air.

See the most recent survey results

Top 5 Questions You Should Ask When Buying a Biological Safety Cabinet

  1. Do the samples/specimens/cultures need to be protected from environmental particulates? Answering this question determines what type of BSC you require.
  2. Are chemicals involved in your application? Hazardous (toxic or volatile) vapors are not filtered by the HEPA/ ULPA filters found in BSCs. Different BSC designs are available.
  3. What are your size limits? Know what the maximum space allotment is so that you don’t end up with equipment that is too big for your lab, or so small that you can’t work.
  4. Does your procedure require modifications to the equipment that are uncommon? BSCs should be built to an appropriate standard and listed by a testing agency. Some modifications can lead to the equipment being unsafe; reputable manufacturers will not provide such alterations.
  5. Cost is always a concern. Avoid looking at the sticker price of a BSC; inquire instead about the lifetime cost of each BSC. This includes energy savings, service life, and a proven product track record.

Biological safety cabinet types used by survey respondents:

Class I Biological Safety Cabinet 28%
Class II Biological Safety Cabinet 83%
Class III Biological Safety Cabinet 6%

Application conducted in biological safety cabinets as reported by survey respondents:

Cell / Tissue culture 65%
Mycology 12%
Gross dissection 12%
Pathogen handling 28%
PCR/qPCR 21%
Microbiology plating / specimens 42%
Laboratory animal handling 13%
Sample and reagent storage 16%

Nearly 52% of respondents are engaged in purchasing a new biological safety cabinet. The reasons for these purchases are as follows:

Replacement of an aging system
Addition to existing systems, increase capacity
Setting up a new lab
First time purchase

Top 10 features/factors respondents look for when purchasing a biological safety cabinet:

Performance of product 91%
Safety and health features 89%
Controlled airflow 82%
Value for price paid 75%
Warranties 61%
Service and support 60%
Total cost of ownership 59%
Low operating costs 50%
Vendor reputation 50%
Past experience with product 40%

For more information on biological safety cabinets, visit www.labmanager.com/BSCs

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