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Biological Safety Cabinets

Best Practices for Biosafety Cabinet Maintenance and Use

Best Practices for Biosafety Cabinet Maintenance and Use

Biosafety cabinets (BSCs) are essential for protecting the safety of lab personnel, the environment, and samples when working with biohazardous agents. They can significantly reduce the risk of biohazard exposure by filtering air through high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters before it is exhausted into the lab or outside environment. However, the complexity of BSC maintenance and operation, including decontamination strategies, can present substantial challenges. 

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Lab managers must determine optimal maintenance and cleaning routines to prolong BSC lifespan and ensure performance. This involves regular certification and testing of HEPA filters, along with adherence to stringent decontamination processes. The selection of disinfectants requires careful consideration to ensure efficacy against a broad range of contaminants and compatibility with the materials that make up the interior of the BSC. 

  • Selecting the right BSC for your lab
  • Effective BSC decontamination and maintenance practices
  • Creating a BSC training program
  • BSC features for enhanced sustainability and safety

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Purchasing Guide: Biological Safety Cabinets

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Biological safety cabinets (BSCs) are designed to protect sensitive samples from environmental contaminants and to keep workers safe from the potentially hazardous or infectious samples they are working with

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