Biohazard Safety Cabinets
Class II Biohazard Safety Cabinets are essential in handling COVID-19 samples in the laboratory
While the world is facing unprecedented challenges with the Coronavirus 2019 pandemic (COVID-19) we at Vivid Air will continue to play a critical role.
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To compensate for system pressure fluctuations, constant Volume (CV) fans maintain a set output. This is beneficial to maintaining installation design parameters for HVAC and cleanroom applications.
In this article, Vivid Air explains the benefits of installing CV fans, in particular the Direct Driven Centrifugal Fan.
The standard safety protocol for the manipulation of chemotherapy drugs in oncology clinics and laboratories involves the use of a bio-safety cabinet (BSC), which tend to be Class II, either Type A or B. These have High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters and may be exhausted outside. As long as the BSC is well maintained and functioning correctly, it provides personnel with a strong measure of protection against accidental exposure to the drugs, particularly in aerosol form; but the BSC alone is not sufficient and extra precautions are necessary. Correct and consistent use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is vital.
The Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) industry looks set to experience robust growth over the next six years in response to increasing demand. At the same time, the industry faces various changes and challenges. Keeping up to date on the status of, and trends and transformations in, the HVAC industry is not only important for building owners and operators, but anyone in charge of HVAC equipment.
Vivid Air uses the latest decontamination kits available, these boil off the correct amount of formaldehyde after a delay timer has been set to allow all personnel to vacate the immediate area around the cabinet as well as a time delay neutralization phase using ammonia to neutralize the reside formaldehyde in the cabinet before the technicians break the seal to commence their service or validation of the BSC.
Bio-safety Cabinets are divided into three broad classes – called I, II and III – based, among other things, on the level of protection they provide. This article explores features and functionalities that are unique to each of the classes, highlighting the key differences between them.
BSCs provide safe, enclosed spaces for working with contaminants. These essential features of laboratories can typically be used for 15-25 years, but they do suffer wear and tear, and eventually need replacing. Performance gradually deteriorates over the years - you may notice that airflow is reduced, or that the cabinet starts to decrease in power, in some cases they may even start to vibrate. Here is a brief guide to help you decide whether it is time to upgrade to a new BSC.
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