Performance Test of Class II Biosafety Cabinets and Animal Transfer Stations Used for the Safe Handling of Animals in the Animal Laboratory

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Testing of Airflow Products in the Animal Laboratory Presentation

The TurnKey Conference took place May 7-8, 2015 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina. The TurnKey Conference brings together the industry’s brightest and smartest in Animal Laboratory Facility Design. The conference offers useful information and ideas on how to update or design animal laboratories to be more efficient and economical, and how to avoid the common pitfalls and costly mistakes.

The need for the safe handling of animals and protection in the animal laboratory for end users is ever increasing. With this increase comes an influx of new airflow products stating an offering of product and personnel protection.

“Each manufacturer has taken their own approach to the [Animal Transfer Station] market. No common sizes or configuration… no common performance or testing requirements…”

NuAire’s Vice President of North American Sales Scott Christensen recently brought this issue to light during the TurnKey Conference presenting Performance Test of Class II Biosafety Cabinets and Animal Transfer Stations Used for the Safe Handling of Animals. In this presentation Mr. Christensen discusses the various types of airflow products, safety standards, and what to be aware of when purchasing or using airflow products in the animal laboratory.

If you were unable to attend the animal laboratory conference or presentation please download the presentation slides to learn the following:

  • Understanding how Class II Biological Safety Cabinets (BSC) and Animal Transfer Stations (ATS) are used in animal the laboratory.
  • Knowledge and principles behind airflows to understand product and personnel protection.
  • Certification and Performance Testing of Class II Biological Safety Cabinets and Animal Transfer Stations.
  • Placement of materials in the Biological Safety Cabinet and Animal Transfer Station – Impacts of movement on animals and researchers.
  • Pulling it all together –how design, performance and testing along with proper technique optimize the safety of researchers and animals in the animal laboratory.

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New animal handling station creates a safer environment for both animals and technicians

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Plymouth, MN: April 8, 2014 – The world of laboratory animal handling just became a great deal safer thanks to an ergonomically designed biological cabinet design from NuAire. These next-generation units have already received approval from the NSF (National Sanitation Foundation) and are ANSI 49 Listed.

NuAire, a manufacturer of ergonomic laboratory equipment based in Plymouth, MN, is known for its innovative designs in animal handling enclosures. Now, NuAire is announcing the introduction of a revolutionary cabinet – the NSF listed LabGard ES NU-677 Animal Class II, Type A2 Animal Handling Biological Safety Cabinet and Cage Changing Station. It has energized the market with its ability to provide personnel, product, and environmental protection for sensitive animal handling and cage changing procedures.

The most remarkable innovation of this new workstation is its flexibility with options and accessories that allow a safer, more productive work environment for lab technicians. The NU-677 is both mobile and height adjustable, designed for maximum user comfort and adjustability to meet the requirements of the American Disabilities Act (ADA). Because the design incorporates a more usable workspace, it will reduce arm, neck and shoulder strain from repeated use better than any other model on the marketplace.

NuAire garnered the NSF/ANSI 49 listing for biological containment protection for both the operator and product. NuAire routinely validates to ensure maximum protection. The new design incorporates four optional feed hoppers, allowing technicians to access up to four unique diets within a sterile work zone. Also, animal hair and dander is captured in a pre-filter built into the back wall to help extend the working life of the HEPA filters. The result is a safety cabinet that can handle a 300 percent increase in filter loading without a significant reduction in air delivery. Meanwhile, lab workers are protected by an aerodynamic air foil that pulls air back into the front grill, protecting users from air-borne contaminants.

Above all, the advanced mechanics of the ECM motor technology drive down costs of ownership by 40 percent with their energy savings. ECM motors generate less heat and reduce stress on the HVAC systems while operating at lower decibel levels. The LabGard ES NU-677 earns its NSF listing with safety features for both products and personnel.



About NuAire

NuAire has built a reputation as an industry leader in laboratory equipment manufacturing for more than 40 years. It now produces over 100,000 biological safety cabinets in 150 countries around the world. It now serves the needs of the world’s growing laboratory community with brilliant and practical designs of outstanding value, backed by exceptional service.

2013 NuAire Service Training Class Schedule Announced

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NuAire is please to announce the 2013 Service Training Schedule for NuAire Laboratory Equipment. Current schedule includes a variety of dates throughout the 2013 year that include Biological Safety Cabinet Certification Training, Advanced Biological Safety Cabinet Certification Training, and CO2 Incubator training. More Information.

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William Peters, Vice President of Engineering, to speak during the 63rd National AALAS Meeting on Considerations for Functional and Performance Testing of Animal Transfer Stations

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William Peters, Vice President of Engineering at NuAire, to present a Technical Trade Presentation during the 63rd National AALAS Meeting taking place November 4 – 8, 2012 in Minneapolis, Minnesota on the topic of “Considerations for Functional and Performance Testing of Animal Transfer Stations

Date: Sunday, November 4, 2012

Time: 3:20 PM – 3:40 PM

Location: Minneapolis Convention Center Room 1

Presentation Description: Animal Transfer stations used for cage changing applications have evolved over the years starting from modified horizontal flow work stations to today’s vertical flow work stations. The evolution started in the late 1990’s with greater concern for allergen protection, as well as improved product protection, mobility, ergonomics and ease of use. A new generation of animal transfer stations have emerged using different design methodologies to achieve improved functionality and performance. With these new design methodologies, there continues to be no industry standardized test methods or measureable acceptance criteria to evaluate animal transfer station adequacy as it relates to function and performance. The intent herein is to start the discussion of possible standardized test methods and acceptance criteria that could be applied to all animal transfer station designs today for functional and performance testing.

Plan your AALAS itinerary around this presentation.