Biological Safety Cabinets
Biological Safety Cabinets (BSCs) are an essential component of conducting biomedical research as they are the primary means of containment when working with infectious microorganisms. For more additional information regarding BSCs, please visit the Biological Safety Manual – Chapter 09: Primary Containment for Biohazards: Selection, Installation and Use of Biological Safety Cabinets.
All testing, certification, and decontamination services for University research and clinical laboratories is provided by Precision Air Technology, Inc. The contact information for Precision Air is:Precision Air Technology, Inc.
P.O. Box 46449
Raleigh, NC 27620
Email (preferred): firstname.lastname@example.org
When contacting Precision Air for service requests, please provide the following information:
- Contact name
- Contact phone number/email
- Building and room number of equipment
- Building and office room number
- Equipment manufacturer model
- Equipment manufacturer serial number
- Brief description of the service request
BSCs also periodically require more stringent decontamination. This can be accomplished via gas decontamination. Gas decontamination (such as paraformaldehyde gas, hydrogen peroxide gas or chlorine dioxide) is required prior to any maintenance, prior to moving the cabinet, or following a large spill inside the BSC. This method is required to protect workers from possible contaminants that would be missed during surface contamination, as it is the only way to ensure that internal components such as the HEPA filtration system are disinfected. Due to the hazards associated with this method of decontamination, this method is not to be attempted by the laboratorians. Gas decontamination may only be performed by approved vendors. To determine if gas decontamination is required, contact EHS for a risk assessment. If it is determined that gas decontamination is required, contact Precision Air Technology for service.