Montana State University

Biological Safety Cabinets

A biosafety cabinet (BSC), biological safety cabinet, or microbiological safety cabinet is an enclosed, ventilated workspace for safely working with materials contaminated with (or potentially contaminated with) pathogens in the laboratory. Several different types exist, differentiated by the specifics of construction. Read more from Wikipedia.

Certification of HEPA filtered devices: The Biosafety Officer supervises the annual inspection of HEPA filtered devices on campus including all biological safety cabinets. These must be certified before first use or when moved to a new location and then annually thereafter. The cost for this service is currently paid through the Biosafety budget, via VP for Researach, for all MSU, HEPA filtered devices. The cost for repairs and new parts is covered by individual labs. If you purchase a new Biological Safety Cabinet or have any questions regarding this regulatory requirement, please contact Jo-An Lindstrom, the Biosafety Officer.

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Safe Use of a Biological Safety Cabinet--online videos:

Primary Containment for Biohazards: Selection, Installation and Use of Biological Safety Cabinets

Biological Safety Cabinet Use--SOP template