BSCs are intended to ensure the safety of employees working with hazardous cell lines and chemotherapeutic drugs, creating a clean air environment to prevent contamination of sensitive work, as well as ensure containment of said hazards within the cabinet. This is why it is vital that BSCs be tested and certified annually for proper air flow as well as HEPA filter integrity. We are capable of repairing, decontaminating, and certifying all Classes of BSCs in accordance with both NSF 49 Standards as well as manufacturer’s standards. We can service on an as-needed or contractual basis and are willing to work with all budgets.
Most BSCs found in life science laboratories are of the Class II type. However, we are capable of testing any class of BSCs.
Fume Hoods are tested in one of two manners. Method one involves testing and adjusting the face velocity, and a visual smoke test of the perimeter and full work area. Results are pass/fail in an “As Installed”. “As Manufactured” or “As Used” manner. “As Manufactured” is only reported by manufacturers of Fume Hoods. “As Installed” is reported if a new Fume Hood is installed or the Fume Hood is empty of ALL contents. “As Used” is reported when equipment or whatever materials are used are present. Method two is a full test as outlined by the ASHRAE 110 guideline.
This method involves testing and adjusting the face velocity, a visual smoke test of the perimeter and full work area, as well as a static and dynamic test using a tracer gas, sulfur hexafluoride.While the ASHRAE 110 test is involved and costly as compared to the face velocity and smoke test, facilities which utilize many fume hoods would benefit from a revolving testing schedule where a certain percentage of hoods are tested using the full ASHRAE 110 test and the rest are analyzed for face velocity and visual smoke tests.
Compounding Aseptic Isolators (CAIs) are commonly, although incorrectly, also referred to as glove boxes. Many hospitals, pharmacies, and private healthcare facilities rely on CAIs to aseptically compound medications. The United States Pharmacopoeia (USP) issued General Chapter <797> to outline the methods in which health care personnel should compound medications within a CAI. The CETA organization issued a publication to unify the method in which a CAI is certified. It is recommended that CAIs be certified every six months.
Animal Stations are critical for containment in full barrier facilities. These stations can vary in type from transfer stations to dump hoods to vertical clean air supply banks. These stations should be certified for airflow and HEPA filter integrity annually.
To get in contact with us about our certification services, contact us through our web form or call 855-404-2267.