CDC and NIH’s Primary Containment of Biological Hazards: Biological Safety Cabinets

CDC and NIH's Primary Containment of Biological Hazards: Biological Safety Cabinets

CDC & NIH’s Primary Containment of Biological Hazards: Biological Safety Cabinets

This document presents information on the design, selection, function and use of Biological Safety Cabinets (BSC), which are the primary means of containment developed for working safely with infectious microorganisms. Brief descriptions of the facility and engineering concepts for the conduct of microbiological research are also provided. BSCs are only one part of an overall biosafety program which requires consistent use of good microbiological practices, use of primary containment equipment and proper containment facility design. Detailed descriptions of acceptable work practices, procedures and facilities, described as Biosafety Levels 1 through 4, are presented in the CDC/NIH publication Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL).1

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Institutes of Health
September 2007
http://publicsafety.tufts.edu/ehs/files/primary_containment_for_biohazards.pdf

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