Working With Not Against Your Biosafety Cabinet

"Working With, Not Against, Your Biosafety Cabinet" is an informative webinar designed to help you get the most out of your Class II Type A2 biosafety cabinet. Hosted by Finn Price and featuring expert insights from Seth De Penning of NuAire, this webinar covers everything from the fundamental functions of a biosafety cabinet to detailed operational tips.

Starting with an introduction to the essential purposes of a Class II biosafety cabinet—protecting personnel, products, and the environment—the webinar delves into the intricacies of airflow management. Seth explains the importance of inflow, downflow, and exhaust air in maintaining a safe and contamination-free workspace. Visual aids, such as smoke tests, are used to demonstrate airflow patterns and ensure the correct functioning of the cabinet.

The webinar also covers practical aspects of biosafety cabinet use, including installation, positioning, and ergonomic setup. Key points include ensuring a calm laboratory environment, avoiding airflow disruptions from windows, doors, and other equipment, and maintaining adequate space around the cabinet. Tips on proper hand hygiene, PPE usage, and workspace organization are also provided to optimize safety and efficiency.

Most of the webinar focuses on the importance of regular field certification to ensure your biosafety cabinet is functioning correctly. Seth outlines when certification is necessary, such as after installation, relocation, or technical service, and emphasizes the importance of checking certification stickers and reports.

Designed for technicians and facility managers, this webinar is an invaluable resource for anyone looking to enhance their understanding and use of biosafety cabinets. Following the guidelines and tips, you can work effectively with your biosafety cabinet, ensuring a safe and productive laboratory environment.

Seth De Penning, NuAire Lab Equipment

About the Author

Seth De Penning

Seth David De Penning has 8 years of experience working in the laboratory equipment industry and has spoken on the topic of biosafety cabinets to academic, government, and research institutes in multiple countries around the world.