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10 Steps to Cleaning a Spill in a Biosafety Cabinet White Paper

Ten Easy Steps for Cleaning a Spill in the Biosafety Cabinet

For over 40 years, NuAire has been providing laboratory equipment that better enables researchers to work under defined environmental conditions. A biosafety cabinet or biological safety cabinet (BSC) is an enclosed, ventilated laboratory workspace for users to safely handle materials that might contain pathogens. There are several different models of BSCs, which are differentiated by the user’s experimental focus and the degree of bio-containment required.

The primary purpose of a BSC is to protect the laboratory worker and the surrounding environment from pathogens such as bacteria and viruses being used within the cabinet. All exhaust air is filtered through HEPA-filters as it exits the biosafety cabinet, removing the harmful pathogens. Most classes of BSCs have a secondary purpose that is to maintain the sterility of materials inside the cabinet.

It happens at some point to even the most seasoned laboratory user that a spill occurs within the BSC. Taking precautionary measures before and during your work with hazardous materials could help keep you and others safe. Remember, if a spill occurs, don’t panic. Here are some simple steps to keep you and your laboratory safe. Please check with your EHS office or Biosafety Officer to ensure your have proper steps in place in case of a spill based of standard Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL).