There are so many rules, guidelines and rumors associated with installing, maintaining and working properly within a Biosafety Cabinet. We want to better understand which of the ‘myths’ are true. Throughout 2019, Baker will be busting (or not busting in some cases) common laboratory myths.
If you have a myth that you'd like busting, email firstname.lastname@example.org!
Heat sources in a Biosafety Cabinet Compromise Experimental and User Protection Research Paper
Keeping a contamination free environment in the laboratory has commonly been achieved by one of two ways: a flame or a biosafety cabinet (BSC). However, it has been frequently observed that the two practices have been combined, where a heat source has been used within the BSC. Read more...
ABSA 2018 MythBusters Presentation- Heat BSC Protection Video
BSC MythBusters: Does Heat Really Affect My Protection? Watch the presentation given by Kara Held, Ph.D., Baker's Science Director, at the 2018 ABSA Scientific Session on Wednesday, 10/10/2018. In her presentation, Kara explores the facts behind this common lab myth!
Does Heat Really Affect Protection? Poster Download
Heat sources in a Biosafety Cabinet Compromise Experimental and User Protection. Several heat sources were evaluated in two sizes of BSC, using smoke for airflow visualization, particle counting for air cleanliness, and aerosol microbiological testing to show containment.
Can overcrowding a BSC work area lead to a loss of containment?
Work conducted in Biosafety Cabinets (BSCs) is a common sight in many laboratories worldwide, but some misconceptions about their capabilities sometimes arise. A BSC used for storage of materials or the air grilles or grates blocked is often observed, but no conclusive evidence has shown whether this will affect the BSCs performance.