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How to Protect Clinical Researchers & Testing Analysts

In clinical lab environments, as in any laboratory using chemicals, work processes pose an inherent risk of hazardous chemical exposure for operators and for the lab environment.

by Brian Garrett,Labconco

This problem is made more difficult to mitigate due to the budget-focused nature of many hospital and clinical laboratories. So how do we go about protecting our technicians from the chemicals they have to use on a daily basis – and do so without breaking the bank?

Labconco has two options: the Fume Adsorber and the Protector Work Station. For those troublesome stains and nuisance odors, the Fume Adsorber offers a compact footprint (only 30” wide and 15.4” tall) and flexible ductless filtration on a reasonable budget. The Fume Adsorber is available with Organic Vapor (for xylene, toluene, organic stains, or their substitutes), formaldehyde, or ammonia carbon-based filters.

When analyzing or preparing tissues for storage, technicians use more than “minute” quantities of chemicals. For these procedures, something more robust is required. Enter—the Protector Work Station. It is the ideal enclosure for clinical pathologists and histologists. It also has a small footprint (29” deep x 43” wide), but uses stackable carbon filters for larger chemical capacity or mixing of chemical uses (pair two identical filters or two different filter types).

When small-scale protection is needed, going to a large fume hood isn’t always a suitable option. Labconco has the protection of these smaller operations covered with the use of its clinical ductless hoods.

Labconco Corporation, Kansas City