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Safety Cabinets

Last updated: September 15, 2019

What Does Safety Cabinets Mean?

A safety cabinet or biological safety cabinet (BSC) is an enclosed and ventilated laboratory workspace to provide safety when working with materials that are contaminated by pathogens. These safety cabinets designed to meet diverse requirements in industrial, clinical, pharmaceutical and life science laboratories and protect personnel, the environment and the products in use and avoid contamination of any kind. There are several classes of cabinet with different specifications designed for different bio-safety levels.

Safeopedia Explains Safety Cabinets

NSF International (The National Sanitation Foundation) performs tests on safety cabinets to make sure that products meet the minimum standards for the classification of cabinet. These standards are defined by NSF and take into account design, construction, performance and field certification. Cabinets are assessed by an independent organization to pass a field certification. Cabinets are classified by the way in which air is recirculated or exhausted. There are classes 1, 2 and 3 which all have varying degrees of containment for levels 1, 2 and 3 bio-safety.


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