Biological safety cabinets (BSCs) create contaminant-free working environments, protecting sensitive samples from the many impurities present in the laboratory environment. They also keep workers safe from the potentially hazardous or infectious samples they are working with. Purchasing the right unit for your application and using it as recommended will ensure you get the most out of your BSC. For a list of BSC manufacturers, see our online directory: LabManager.com/BSC-manufacturers
6 Questions to Ask When Buying a Biological Safety Cabinet:
- What class/type of BSC do you need for your application?
- How often does the HEPA filter need to be replaced?
- Where can you place your BSC to avoid turbulent airflow (e.g. away from doors and high-traffic areas)?
- What disinfectants are compatible with the BSC’s surface?
- Will the BSC’s lighting and noise allow staff to work comfortably in it for many hours?
- How will you train your staff on proper technique and safety precautions?
In addition to selecting the appropriate BSC for the application, it is important to understand the different techniques, practices, and equipment associated with each biosafety level, and to develop an effective exposure control plan. LabManager.com/PRG-2022/BSCs
Research facilities are always looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint, and BSC manufacturers are responding to this need. When purchasing a new unit, seek out ones with energy-efficient features, such as “quick start mode,” which enables some functions to be turned on and off more quickly; direct current motors; and programmable functions that allow users to schedule processes like ultraviolet sterilization. Learn more: LabManager.com/BSC-efficiency