Biological-Safety Cabinet (BSC) Decontamination

The primary purpose of a BSC is to protect the laboratory worker and the surrounding environment from pathogens. However, these cabinets if not maintained and decontaminated appropriately, could serve as a pool of pathogens that would increase the risk of spreading harmful infections. Therefore, it is very critical to ensure decontaminating existing BSC within the laboratory or any other hospital departments.

Risk of Infection

Biological-safety cabinets (BSCs) are widely used in a variety of healthcare settings such as pathology departments, research and microbiology laboratories. The specimen and materials within the safety cabinet possess a high risk on the lives of the healthcare personnel. Therefore it is important to comply with the regulations imposed by global healthcare organisations such as FDA, WHO and HSE.

It is critical to ensure continuous decontamination of biological safety cabinets as a precautionary measure to minimize laboratory acquired infections. BSCs have also been shown to play a role in cross-infection across different departments within the hospital. Examples of exposure include accidental inoculation by contaminated syringe needles, ingestion or exposure to the mouth or eyes with contaminated gloves or fingers as well as inhalation of aerosols.

Microbiological Safety Cabinets must be tested in accordance with BS EN 12469:2000 and records should be kept for inspection.

 

Most Susceptible

Laboratory personnel working closely to biological cabinets are at the highest risk of acquiring a laboratory associated infection. These are usually placed in pathology, haematology and microbiology laboratories. Also cross-infection could occur and a carrier can contaminate other departments within the hospital or lab possessing a higher risk on vulnerable patients such as the elderly and immunocompromised.

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Did you know?

• More than 37 different bacteria species have been identified as common etiologic agents in the lab. The most common are Brucella species, Shigella species, Salmonella species, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and Neisseria meningitidis1

How Inivos Can Help

Our Bio-safety cabinet decontamination can be delivered as both an on-call service for emergency situations, a specific area or a project or as a scheduled managed service contract. Our work is carried out in compliance with all relevant health and safety regulations².
This enables us to reduce the risk of laboratory-acquired infection, by reducing the bacterial load inside the bio-safety cabinet.

Our Service

Unlike other companies that use chemical disinfectants only and require longer downtimes, we offer a proven technology using ultraviolet-C light (UV-C) as well as hydrogen peroxide vapour to decontaminate biological cabinets and other critical areas within the laboratory. Which reduce laboratory downtime. We also offer whole room decontamination after we conduct our services. That in addition to our on-call services that are available 24/7.

Pre-Cleaning Assessment

Prior to performing our decontamination service. We comply with all the guidelines and regulations regarding safe decontamination of different classes of biological cabinets (class II and class III) to ensure our experts and the others are safe. This includes wearing personal protective equipment, conditioning survey and screening of the cabinets and surrounding areas.

Decontamination Phase

During the entire decontamination phase, our technicians wear personal protective equipment. Prior to performing this, we liaise with laboratory personnel to plan at least one hour or more of uninterrupted time to complete a thorough decontamination routine using our high-tech devices. We set up an area adjacent to the BSC to place items that may have been removed (grilles, work bench, etc.).

Validation

After performing our decontamination service, we further assess the cabinets to ensure it is fully functional and provide certifications of testing and recommendations and faults schedules as well as on-call 24/7 technical advice and support.

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Sources:
1. https://formaspace.com/articles/wet-lab/using-bio-safety-cabinets/
2. British Standards, BS EN 12469:2000