Biosafety cabinets are designed to provide controlled access for personnel to protect themselves and laboratory equipment from exposure to potentially dangerous or hazardous substances or biological hazards. The term “biosafe” refers to the controlled risks of working in a particular setting, such as a medical setting. The safety cabinets themselves are not specifically required in the performance of the tasks, but can help to significantly reduce the risks of these tasks. Understanding how these cabinets work, how they are constructed, and what types are recommended for use in various settings is key to properly using one. Click Biosafety Cabinets.
A biosafe cabinet-also known as a medical biological safety cabinet, microbiological safety cabinet, or a biosafe lab space-is an enclosure, usually constructed of plastic, glass, or a metal wall which has been specially designed to provide controlled access for the worker to avoid exposure to biological hazards or infectious agents. These cabinets are often used to control and contain the transfer of biological hazard material. This includes biological medicines, vials, liquids, and other chemical or biological products. These cabinets are designed to be airtight to prevent the accidental release of infectious material that may affect a lab worker’s health or the health of others. However, there are other types of cabinets that are not designed to prevent the transfer of infectious or hazardous materials but rather to provide protection from such dangers.
Biosafe cabinets are constructed similarly to any other type of laboratory workstations. The only main difference is that instead of containing the hazardous or infectious substance directly, the cabinet instead provides a tight, airtight seal around the outside of the container to prevent contamination of the contents. The construction of these cabinets is typically done by injection molding to create a tight seal. These units can also be found in a variety of colors to accommodate a wide variety of lab settings.