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Are HEPA filters safe?

If you work in a lab, hospital or pharmacy, then you are likely surrounded by HEPA filters every day without knowing it. These filters are commonly found in HVAC systems, fume hoods, clean rooms and more. Lets dive into HEPA filters and answer the question “are HEPA filters safe”? HEPA stands for high efficiency particulate […]

Lab Manager looking at maintaining a ductless fume hood

BSC And Ductless Fume Hood Maintenance

By now, you are aware that we’re huge fans of safe equipment. By keeping your equipment properly maintained, you ensure the safety of users, the workplace and the environment. Not to mention, you’ll also extend the longevity of your equipment, prevent potential high cost and reduce unnecessary downtime. Biological Safety Cabinets and Ductless Fume Hoods are no exception […]

Measuring airflow in a room to create a negative pressure environment.

Understanding Negative Room Pressure

What is a Negative Pressure Room? Negative room pressure is created when the air exhausted out of the room is greater than the amount of air coming into the room. This creates lower air pressure, which allow air to flow into the environment but not from the environment out. In short, it prevents air and […]

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Biosafety Cabinet 101

Biosafety cabinets are specialized lab equipment commonly found in labs across the country. In this article we tackle the most common questions we get about biosafety cabinets. We will cover the following topics in this article: What Is A Biological Safety Cabinet Used For? How To Use A Biological Safety Cabinet How To Use a […]

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Why Is Lab Safety Important And The Shift In Who Is Responsible

 Why Is Lab Safety Important? Safety becomes increasingly important in any environment where there is an increased risk of harm to the workers safety.  This is especially true in labs where chemicals, high-powered equipment, compressed gasses and glassware are commonly used. That is why labs should have strict safety procedures in place. This is also […]

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USP 797 vs 800

USP 797 vs 800 ; Compliance and Certification USP 797 and USP 800 both focus on a key area of lab safety. While requirements within each of these chapters change occasionally, the overall over-arching themes of each tend to remain the same. Lets take a closer look at UPS 797 vs 800 and some recent […]

Lab Energy Savings Guide: 3 Economic Airflow Considerations

Airflow…it’s one of the unique factors that sets laboratories apart from other rooms.  Labs must exhaust an exorbitant amount of air in order to stay in compliance and ensure the safety of their users. Because there is so much air leaving the space, new air is constantly being pulled from outside and conditioned (heated or […]

4 Steps To Cutting Energy Costs on Fume Hoods

Laboratories are well known to consume massive amounts of energy, and this is often directly correlated to the number of fume hoods in operation. As a result, labs can often times consume 5 to 10 times more energy than other buildings. So how can you lower your energy consumption and reduce your energy bill? Fume […]

COVID-19 AND THE ROLE OF AIR CHANGES AND HEPA FILTERS IN HOSPITALS

When a new, infectious disease takes way, treatment centers must be armed and ready to contain and treat infected patients.  As COVID-19, continues to spread, hospitals need to be able to treat these patients without allowing the virus to spread further. Preventing the transmission of these respiratory pathogens requires infection control procedures and protocols, including […]

UV LIGHTS IN HVAC SYSTEMS EXPLAINED

With so much going on with COVID-19, it can be difficult to figure out what measures you should take as a building owner or facility manager to keep your occupants safe. One of those measures may include the installation of  UV lighting within your building’s HVAC system. This article answers the questions: What Are UV Lighting […]

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