PITTCON 2016, join NuAire exhibiting at booth 3357

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PITTCON 2016 Conference and Exposition

Plymouth, MN. NuAire Laboratory Equipment will be exhibiting during PITTCON 2016 taking place at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA from March 7 through 10. PITTCON is a conference and exposition on laboratory science bringing over 14,000 attendees from 90 countries. NuAire will be located at booth 3357 displaying the NuAire line of polypropylene fume hoods and casework, biological safety cabinets, CO2 incubators, and centrifuges. In every NuAire product you’ll find brilliant but practical design, keen attention to detail in every phase of the fabrication and assembly process, thoroughly tested, outstanding value, and dependable service. These are the foundation for NuAire’s international reputation, and practical reasons why NuAire is universally recognized as the finest. NuAire will also be displaying Haier ultralow temperatures freezers and Hitachi high performance centrifuges. NuAire’s distribution division scours the earth to find products that meets NuAire quality standards and offers them to our customer base.

During the exposition NuAire’s staff will be providing on site product demonstrations as well as providing information on best product practices. Join NuAire at booth 3357 and learn why NuAire is the safer choice for your laboratory.

PITTCON 2016 New Product Highlight:

NuAire will have on display the newly released NuWind general purpose bench top centrifuge. NuWind centrifuges are offered in ventilated and refrigerated configurations. The current line offers 2 liter capacity and speeds reaching 18,000 rpm (30,980 xg). The tool-less rotor removal feature called ClickSpin provides a quick and simple way to remove and install rotors for routine cleaning and/or application changes. A robust steel outer body shell improves laboratory safety as well as shrinks the overall footprint saving bench space. The InSight electronic control system utilizes touchscreen controls. The touchscreen was designed with easy identifiable icons to improve usability. Visit NuAire booth 3357 to receive a personal demonstration to learn all the NuWind Centrifuge features that can assist your research.

NuWind Refrigerated Bench Top Centrifuge

NuAire CO2 Incubator Made with CuVerro Fights Contamination in a University of Liverpool Laboratory

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SCHAUMBURG, IL– The University of Liverpool’s (UK) Biological Sciences Department has installed a NuAire incubator lined with CuVerro® bactericidal copper. Copper and copper alloys are powerful antimicrobials with rapid, broad-spectrum efficacy against bacteria, including MRSA, E.coli, and VRE. CuVerro is a bactericidal copper touch surface that kills 99.9 percent of bacteria* within two hours of contact and is EPA-registered.

Incubator Made with CuVerro

John Jerger of Triple Red UK, who supplied and installed the NuAire CO2 Incubator Made with CuVerro, explains, “Bacterial contamination was a particular concern for this client, so we supplied the incubator with a CuVerro® bactericidal copper lining. Bacteria settling on the copper surfaces will be continuously killed off, working in conjunction with HEPA filtration and a high temperature decontamination cycle to offer the cleanest possible surfaces.”

Incubator Made with CuVerro 2

Touch surfaces made CuVerro are used by healthcare facilities and research laboratories around the world to reduce exposure to infectious bacteria*, supplementing key infection control measures such as good hand hygiene and frequent surface cleaning and disinfection. 

Incubator Made with CuVerro 3

To learn more how adding CuVerro to your NuAire CO2 Incubator can benefit you download our white paper.


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About CuVerro

For more information visit cuverro.com or contact Jill Miller, CuVerro Marketing Coordinator, at jill.miller@olinbrass.com or 1-877-311-2883.

CuVerro® is manufactured by GBC Metals, LLC, doing business as Olin Brass, a wholly owned subsidiary of Global Brass and Copper, Inc. which is a subsidiary of Global Brass and Copper Holdings, Inc., the leading manufacturer and distributor of copper, copper-alloy and bactericidal copper sheet, strip, plate, foil, rod, ingot and fabricated components in North America and one of the largest in the world. GBC Metals engages in the melting, casting, rolling, drawing, extruding and stamping of specialized copper and copper alloys finished products from scrap, cathode and other refined metals. (OB-0032-1509)

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.

About Triple Red UK

Triple Red UK has been NuAire’s authorized and dedicated local distributor in the United Kingdom for over 15 years. Triple Red provides the sales and service of laboratory equipment. The company philosophy is one of customer service, whether it be next day delivery for consumables, specialist help for any of the products or comprehensive service packages for all the equipment. To learn more about Triple Red visit triplered.com.

*Laboratory testing shows that, when cleaned regularly, CuVerro surfaces kill greater than 99.9% of the following bacteria within 2 hours of exposure: Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Staphylococcus aureus, Enterobacter aerogenes, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, E. coli O157:H7, and Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus faecalis (VRE).The use of CuVerro® bactericidal copper products is a supplement to and not a substitute for standard infection control practices; users must continue to follow all current infection control practices, including those practices related to cleaning and disinfection of environmental surfaces. This surface has been shown to reduce microbial contamination, but it does not necessarily prevent cross contamination.

LabGard AIR Class II, Type A2 Biological Safety Cabinet Now Available

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LabGard AIR Class II Biosafety Cabinet Now Available

NuAire, Inc., is pleased to announce the launch of our newest biological safety cabinet, the LabGard AIR. This is a Class II, Type A2 cabinet specifically designed to meet the demanding needs of today’s research facilities. With a demonstrated concern for safety, multiple opening options, and variable output scenarios, the LabGard AIR is the answer to your lab’s needs.

LabGard AIR Major Features

With an ergonomic design and monolithic construction, the LabGard AIR cabinet is a sturdy and functional addition to your facility. It features three available opening sizes: 8-inch, 10-inch, and 12-inch. The 8-inch opening offers a lower operating cost while the 12-inch offers a 40 percent larger reach for your technicians. The ergonomic features also include an armrest to reduce forearm and wrist strain while leaving the air flow system fully operational. This cabinet is available in widths from 3 to 6 feet to suit a variety of lab layouts.

The FlowGard system uses an airflow sensor to control your airflow in real time and display it on the easy-to-read OLED display. Depending on the biologics being used in your lab, you can choose to recycle the airflow in the cabinet, vent it to the HVAC system for low-grade contaminants or a combination of the two. HEPA filtration is standard and is attached to the plenum assembly.

We know safety is a major concern for you. That’s why each LabGard AIR cabinet features a plenum under negative pressure pressure at all times, reducing the risk of airborne leaks.

Other Standard Features

  • NSF and TUV listed
  • OLED display with intuitive controls
  • Ultra high efficiency motor
  • Front filter removal
  • HEPEX Zero Leak Airflow system
  • Tempered glass view screen

With optional features that include overall width, opening size, and such accessories as stands and ultraviolet lights, you can customize your LabGard AIR to meet the specific needs of your project and facility.

For more information or a demonstration of the LabGard AIR Class II, Type A2 Biological Safety Cabinet please contact your nearest reputable NuAire sales representative.

About NuAire

NuAire is family owned and operated in Plymouth, MN providing employment to over 250 Minnesota families. NuAire manufacturers ergonomically designed laboratory equipment to Life Science, Clinical, Animal, and Environmental Laboratories as well as Compounding Pharmacies. We are committed to your success designing quality, long lasting laboratory equipment that fits your application for an affordable price.

Curious when you should replace your Biosafety Cabinet? This document will help. Click Here 

NuAire’s Place in the 2015 ABSA Griffin Grant Program

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2015 ABSA Griffin Grant Program

When it comes to safety in the workforce, businesses have taken an important stance on developing technology that ensures better biosafety and biosecurity. From using biodegradable equipment to implementing high-quality air-filtration systems, companies are ensuring a healthier environment for future generations. As a leader in the biosafety industry, NuAire is currently working with the IFBA to provide and promote biosafety and biosecurity worldwide and has enlisted in ABSA as a corporate member.

2015 ABSA Griffin Grant Program

ABSA is working with the Elizabeth R. Griffin Research Foundation, Inc. to soliciting proposals for a project that includes developing materials that will assist biosafety practitioners throughout the world with understanding, developing, implementing and validating protocols for inactivation of biological agents.

To apply for a grant to assist with this project click here.

Collaborating with the IFBA

The International Federation of Biosafety Associations has been integral in raising awareness and promoting biosafety and biosecurity and strives to ensure safe, practical and sustainable solutions for Biological Safety Cabinets — enclosed, ventilated laboratory workspaces where users can safely handle materials that might contain pathogens — worldwide. IFBA and NuAire work to provide safe alternative products that are healthier for the environment and are committed to training, educating and servicing Biological Safety Cabinets to ensure they are used in accordance with regulations and continue to be a sustainable option. NuAire has also signed on to Containment Engineering Working Group in an effort to educate and train biocontainment engineers to install, service and maintain Biosafety Cabinets.

>The ABSA and Griffin Grant Program

The American Biological Safety Association was founded in 1984, serves the increasing needs of biosafety professionals worldwide and ensures biosafety as a discipline. The Griffin Grant Program, a nonprofit organization, was created to promote safety, increase occupational awareness in research communities and help fund further research into zoonotic diseases. The Griffin Grant Program teamed up with ASBA in an effort to support activities that align with the goals of both institutions, allocating funds to promote safety measures and education.

NuAire

For over 40 years, NuAire has prided itself on designing, manufacturing and selling biosafety products to meet the industry’s needs and expectations. All of the models use HEPA filtration and are designed according to the user’s needs for containment and experimental focus. To learn more about Biological Safety Cabinets, please contact us at NuAire today.

Sources:

http://www.nuaire.com/company/ifba-collaboration.php

http://www.ergriffinresearch.org/

http://absa.org/biogriffin.html

Biosafety and Hazardous Product Storage

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Technician using microscope adhering to biosafety practices

Amid a spate of incidents of improperly stored, potentially infectious biological agents–including anthrax, smallpox, and avian influenza–reported in July 2014, the House Energy and Commerce Committee issued letters to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health, and the Health and Human Services Inspector General questioning adherence to mandated safety practices.

Dr. Jere Dick of the Department of Agriculture testified before the committee about a possible anthrax exposure at the CDC that many controls were deficient, including biosafety, security, and management. As a research scientist or lab employee working with select agents, you can have an impact on improving this situation.

Importance of Biosafety Protocols

A biohazard is any organism that causes human or animal disease. Biohazards can be absorbed through wounds, the respiratory tract, digestive system, skin or mucous membranes, and exposure can happen at any stage of biohazard handling. To ensure the safe use of biohazards, research institutes must follow the Federal Select Agent Program, which oversees the possession, transfer, and use of biological select agents and toxins and mandates laboratory practices on containment, handling, sterilization, and disinfection in the lab, as well as safe handling of lab equipment, waste disposal, and waste transport.

Equipment for Sterile Environments

Scientists and lab managers conducting research using select agents can reduce possible contamination and improve compliance with the Federal Select Agent Program by selecting appropriate microbiologic practices, safety equipment, and facility safeguards for their labs. One area where you can make a big impact is by selecting lab storage equipment that meets or exceeds requirements, such as NuAire biosafety cabinets that provide sterile environments for storing hazardous agents.

Avoiding Contamination

As well designed as they are, these biological safety cabinets alone cannot prevent contamination when lab workers open them and reach inside. To avoid contamination and increase biosafety, NuAire hosts an infographic on its website of 10 aseptic techniques you should follow when working in a biosafety cabinet.

While the government’s investigations should improve training and enforcement to prevent exposure to potentially infectious agents and biohazards, the equipment lab workers use also plays a role in preventing contamination. As a research scientist, you can make a significant contribution by choosing the best NuAire Biosafety Cabinets and ensuring your lab workers use them properly.

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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Transmission of Ebola Viruses

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ABSTRACT – Transmission of Ebola Viruses: What We Know and What We Do Not Know

Available evidence demonstrates that direct patient contact and contact with infectious body fluids are the primary modes for Ebola virus transmission, but this is based on a limited number of studies. Key areas requiring further study include (i) the role of aerosol transmission (either via large droplets or small particles in the vicinity of source patients), (ii) the role of environmental contamination and fomite transmission, (iii) the degree to which minimally or mildly ill persons transmit infection, (iv) how long clinically relevant infectiousness persists, (v) the role that “superspreading events” may play in driving transmission dynamics, (vi) whether strain differences or repeated serial passage in outbreak settings can impact virus transmission, and (vii) what role sylvatic or domestic animals could play in outbreak propagation, particularly during major epidemics such as the 2013–2015 West Africa situation. In this review, we address what we know and what we do not know about Ebola virus transmission. We also hypothesize that Ebola viruses have the potential to be respiratory pathogens with primary respiratory spread.

 

Read the full Article from ASM.org here

 

ABSA Anthology of Biosafety Books Year-End Discounts!

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ABSA is offering discounts on the Anthology of Biosafety books until December 30, 2014. You will receive a 15% discount on each book ordered or a 20% discount if the entire 13 book series is purchased. Please note that the set is listed as “Full Set Anthology Series (Vol. I-XIII)”.

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Why You Should Work at the Proper Sash Window Level

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Work at the Proper Biosafety Cabinet Window Sash Level

Class II Biological Safety Cabinets, or BSCs, provide vital personal, product, and environmental protections in the laboratory setting. BSCs go through a certification process to meet the NSF/ASNI 49 and/or EN 12469 standards. However operating errors can negate the carefully designed protections. Laboratory workers must operate at the proper window sash level to prevent potential contamination.

How a Class II Biological Safety Cabinet Works

Window Sash’s Airflow Impact

Biosafety cabinets have a movable or fixed window on the front that protects workers from the active work area. This is called the window sash. A cabinet’s certification will be based on having the window sash positioned at specific heights due to the potential impacts on downflow and inflow velocities. Current industry standards will provide a workable window sash height of 8, 10, or 12 inches (203, 254 or 305 mm).

Proper Window Height Notification

Most cabinet’s will have some type of notification of where the window should be placed during work activities. New cabinets and even some from the 1990’s will have a window sash alarm if not aligned properly.

 

Before a BSC leaves the NuAire factory it will go through testing that includes airflow balancing placing the workable sash height at the level you requested 8, 10, or 12 inches (203, 254 or 305 mm). A professional in the field will then certify your cabinet after installation at the window sash height you requested.

Window sash positioning is among the most vital information about biosafety cabinets and is as important as proper laboratory sterilization. The Biosafety Cabinet works to keep contaminated air from entering the work zone and into the laboratory as well as minimize cross-contamination within the work zone through unidirectional air.

The accuracy of this biosafety process depends on the cabinet maintaining a balance between inflow and downflow velocities. When working within the cabinet and not placing the cabinet’s window sash at the certified working level you compromise airflow balancing. If the inflow velocity is too strong, contaminated air can enter the sterile work area and contaminate the work. Excessive downflow velocity can push contaminated air from inside the cabinet out into the laboratory without filtering as well as create turbulent air at the work surface causing product contamination. The result of improper airflow balance can be seen below.

Improper Airflow Balance

Not working at the proper window sash height can throw off the airflow balance within a Biosafety Cabinet.

 

Potential Risks: Contaminated Air and Work Space

Unbalanced airflow velocities pose heightened risks when dealing with infectious materials that can pose serious safety risks to lab workers. However, the imbalance can also destroy complex, controlled experiment conditions such as those used in growing cell cultures.

Proper window sash positioning can reinforce worker diligence on properly interacting with the cabinet. The easy access allows the operating worker to use careful arm movements that help minimize the amount of room air that enters into the cabinet. A sash that’s positioned too high or low can leave the worker constantly reaching up and down, churning the interior air, and increasing the chance of laboratory equipment handling errors, and introducing risks of contamination and splattering.

 

CDC Tightened Guidance for U.S. Healthcare Workers on Personal Protective Equipment for Ebola

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tightening previous infection control guidance for healthcare workers caring for patients with Ebola, to ensure there is no ambiguity.  The guidance focuses on specific personal protective equipment (PPE) health care workers should use and offers detailed step by step instructions for how to put the equipment on and take it off safely.

Recent experience from safely treating patients with Ebola at Emory University Hospital, Nebraska Medical Center and National Institutes of Health Clinical Center are reflected in the guidance.

The enhanced guidance is centered on three principles:

  • All healthcare workers undergo rigorous training and are practiced and competent with PPE, including taking it on and off in a systemic manner
  • No skin exposure when PPE is worn
  • All workers are supervised by a trained monitor who watches each worker taking PPE on and off.

All patients treated at Emory University Hospital, Nebraska Medical Center and the NIH Clinical Center have followed the three principles. None of the workers at these facilities have contracted the illness.

Read all of it here!