What You Need to Know about Biosafety Cabinet Certification

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Because of critical work in pharmaceuticals, microbiology, and nanotechnology, the International Standards Organization established ISO classification standards. To assure safety, it's essential that biosafety cabinets (BSC) and clean rooms be certified.

Certification verifies that a biosafety cabinet provides the necessary safety and protection. Here are some things to know:

Your Guide to Biological Safety Cabinet Testing

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Labs, healthcare facilities, and manufacturing environments often require the storage, testing, and disposal of biologically hazardous materials. For the protection of personnel and the work environment, biological safety cabinets have been designed and classified to meet certain standards. Depending on the degree of material hazard, these cabinets are fitted with safety mechanisms like air filters and require regular tests to determine their efficacy. We provide cabinet testing and validation, and can help you understand biosafety cabinet classification.

Guide to Cleanrooms and Their Classification System

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A cleanroom refers to a highly-controlled environment containing a low level of pollutants. High-tech filters process the air that enters the cleanroom and removes particles from the air such as dust, chemical vapors, aerosols, and other airborne microbes. Cleanrooms are used across a variety of industries in processes where small particles can adversely affect outcomes. You are highly likely to encounter cleanrooms in semiconductor manufacturing, biotech, and pharmaceutical companies. 

Important HVAC Strategies for Cleanrooms

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When you have a lab or a manufacturing facility that needs to stay sterile, called a cleanroom, one of the banes of your existence will be figuring out a cleanroom HVAC system. To be effective, cleanrooms can't have pollutants, chemical vapors, or airborne fungi or bacteria. Because ventilation systems can become homes for mold and bacteria, you'll also need a specific filtration system to keep your cleanroom in the target temperature range required. We can help you plan how to engineer your cleanroom.

Using a Biosafety Cabinet the Right Way

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Atlantic-Technical-SystemsIf you work in a field where dangerous microorganisms are your closest co-workers, you’re probably familiar with a biosafety cabinet. These state-of-the-art machines create a safe workspace for those who need to work with these pathogens and materials. If you aren’t following these safety guidelines, though, you could find that your biologically safe space contaminated.

Objectionable Microorganisms – What Are They?

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What are objectionable microorganisms and why do they matter? An objectionable microorganism is any microorganism that can cause illness, or which will degrade a product and thus cause it to be less effective. This is specifically in relation to the product's intended use and for products that are not required to be sterile. Obviously, sterile products have their own guidelines and must meet their own requirements. Any bacteria that are prone to proliferation would clearly be a concern, since their proliferation could quite easily adversely impact the intended performance of a given product.

Using a Biosafety Cabinet the Right Way

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A biosafety cabinet, also called a biological safety cabinet (BSC) or microbiological safety cabinet, is an enclosed, ventilated laboratory workspace for safely working with materials that have been contaminated, or potentially contaminated, with pathogens that involve a defined biosafety level. To assure you use a BSC in the right way, here are some things to keep in mind.

What Are GMPs and Why Do They Matter?

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Good Manufacturing Practices (or GMPs) are essential for performance in any number of industries, including the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and microelectronics industries. Although things like cleanroom design are important for productivity and to maintain proper standards, that alone isn't enough. At Atlantic Technical Systems, we strive to ensure that we deliver the best products, support, and services to leading-edge companies, so that they can continue to maintain top-notch performance and innovation while leading the charge in dynamic technologies, tools, systems, and services. Good Manufacturing Practices are a big part of that process, and these practices rely on much more than just having the latest equipment.

Maintaining a Cleanroom Through Effective Environmental Monitoring

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The first clean rooms were created in wartime, say historians. During World War II, American and British industrial manufacturers realized that in order to improve the reliability of the instrumentation used for weapons and tanks, a clean production environment was needed. Some wartime experts say it was during the Manhattan Project, when the first atomic bomb was created, that engineers designed and implemented a basic form of the modern-day, cleanroom HEPA filters, which were used to filter out dust and other pollutants from the production areas.