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2014-15 Product Resource Guide: Biological Safety Cabinets

Get fun facts about BSCs, a list of questions to ask when buying BSCs, the most recent BSCs releases, and an updated BSC manufacturer's list in this section.

Top 4 Things You May Not Know About Biological Safety Cabinets

1. At the beginning of the 20th century, German scientist Robert Koch constructed the first ‘bio-containment’ cabinet after discovering that germs could float in air. Despite various leaks and design flaws, this system allowed Koch to work safely with anthrax, tuberculosis and cholera.

2. Despite these early rudimentary biological safety cabinets, scientists continued to die of infections acquired in the laboratory. The incidence of laboratory-acquired infections grew at an alarming rate, with as many as 2,456 infections and 164 deaths by 1940. Particularly common lab-acquired diseases included tuberculosis, Q-fever and the bubonic plague.

3. During the 1940s, the high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter was developed by the body which later became the Atomic Energy Commission.

4. The first clean air work station was developed by the Baker Company in 1951.

Top 5 Questions You Should Ask When Buying a Biological Safety Cabinet (BSC or MSC)

1. Do the samples/specimens/cultures need to be protected from environmental particulates?

2. Are chemicals involved in your application?

3. What are your size limits?

4. Does your procedure require modifications to the equipment that are uncommon?

5. What is the lifetime cost of each BSC?

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Recently Released Biological Safety Cabinets

Purair Bio Class II, Type A2 BSC

  • Minimizes and contains Biosafety Level 1-3 agents
  • Maintains negative pressure inside the cabinet during operation to prevent contaminants from escaping the work area
  • HEPA filtration scours 70% of the incoming room air to protect the products, while the remaining 30% of the exhausted air is filtered by a second HEPA filter

Air Science

S3 Biosafety System Class 1

  • This intelligent aerosol containment hood is designed for the S3 cell sorter
  • Encloses the cell sorter right on the benchtop, providing an alternative to the large and expensive biosafety hoods traditionally used with cell sorters
  • Adheres to the biosafety requirements of the International Society for Advancement of Cytometry and protects users and the environment from aerosols created during the cell sorting process


1300 Series Class II, Type A2 BSC Packages

  • Allow users to perform daily applications safely and efficiently
  • Packages include: cabinet, manual and adjustable height-stand, factory installed UV light, and one set of armrests
  • Deliver design and technology advancements such as excellent protection with proprietary airflow design, exceptional ergonomics for a safe and comfortable environment, and energy efficiency for operational cost savings

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Purifier Logic+ Class II

  • Keeps the researcher safe from the biohazard agents being used
  • Comfort is provided with an angled sash for a closer, more comfortable view; an electrical outlet cover that can be opened with one finger and gently and slowly self closes
  • Offers a large interior work area and 27” of viewing height


Biosafety Cabinet Class II Type A2

  • Expanded vision zone to reduce awkward postures
  • Cool white lighting in BSC cabinets reduces glare
  • Easier to focus on your work while reducing eye fatigue
  • Adjustable stand 630-845mm to position working area
  • Cabinet design maximizes knee clearance for best posture

Z-SC1 Corp.

Biosafety Cabinet Class II Type B2

  • Leakfree* Airflow System
  • Unidirectional Airflow
  • Extra Large HEPA Filters with aluminium frame
  • Structure Under Negative Pressure
  • Front Filter Removal
  • Stainless Steel Diffuser Over Supply Filter
  • Energy Saver DC EC M Motor Technology

Z-SC1 Corp

Biological Safety Cabinet Manufacturers

AirClean Systems

Clean Air Products



Flow Sciences



Kewaunee Scientific



Sentry Air Systems

Terra Universal

The Baker Company

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Z-SC1 Corporation