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NuAire: When to Replace your Biological Safety Cabinet

Use of modern day Biological Safety cabinets (BSC’s) began in the early 1970’s with BSC’s that were manufactured to the NIH-03-112C Standard and subsequently the NSF Standard 49.

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WHEN SHOULD WE REPLACE OUR BIOLOGICAL SAFETY CABINETS

Use of modern day Biological Safety cabinets (BSC’s) began in the early 1970’s with BSC’s that were manufactured to the NIH-03-112C Standard and subsequently the NSF Standard 49. BSC’s manufactured in the 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s have provided over 15 years of service.

BIOLOGICAL SAFETY CABINETS HAVE A 15 YEAR USEABLE LIFE
Several considerations should be made of BSC’s in this age group. Will the BSC need extensive service? (i.e. HEPA filter replacement, blower/motor replacement, will the electrical wire harnesses need replacement? etc.). Can an older BSC be commissioned after it has been in storage or purchased as a resale? Will original test reports be available or will the BSC be commissioned to current NSF Standards?

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