Division Title
Safety

Biological Safety Cabinet Services

The Office of Research Services, Division of Occupational Health and Safety (DOHS) provides various services regarding certification, maintenance, repair, and decontamination of specific primary barrier equipment including biological safety cabinets. For more information, contact us at (301) 496-3353 or (301) 496-3457.

 

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Certification, Maintenance and Repair

Decontamination

Obtaining Clearance to Purchase a Biological Safety Cabinet

Certification, Maintenance and Repair

Most types of biological cabinets at the NIH provide product, environmental, and personnel protection. Biological safety cabinets are certified annually (every six months for pharmacy areas) according to the National Sanitation Foundation Standard/American National Standard 49 (NSF/ANSI 49), which is the accepted standard for the biological safety cabinet industry. Various field tests are performed to verify air flows, HEPA filter integrity, containment of contaminated cabinet air, and that the cabinet is safe to operate regarding other cabinet operational features. Maintenance and repair of biological safety cabinets is also provided. To arrange for repairs or to request information on certification, contact us at (301) 496-3353 or (301) 496-3457.


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Decontamination

Whenever biological safety cabinets are to be relocated or surplused, internal repairs are to be made, or when filters are to be replaced, these cabinets must be gaseous decontaminated. To arrange for decontamination contact us at (301) 496-3353 or (301) 496-3457.


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Obtaining Clearance to Purchase a Biological Safety Cabinet

All purchases of biological safety cabinets for any reason and in any quantity, whether by NIH researchers or contractor supplied, require prior clearance from DOHS per NIH Manual Chapter 6307-3/26307-3 Special Clearance and Other Acquisition Procedures. The clearance is required to determine that the selected biological safety cabinet is appropriate for the research being conducted and can be supported by the NIH Facilities where it is to be installed.

 

We maintain a limited number of Class II, Type A2 biological safety cabinets for purchase by NIH researchers who have experienced failure of their biological safety  cabinet(s) and repair is not possible. Four and six foot biological safety cabinets are available. Other sizes of biological safety cabinets such as a Class II, Type A2 three foot or five foot are not kept in stock and must be special ordered with delivery time being six to eight weeks. Class II, Type B biological safety cabinets are not available through the stocking program.

 

There is a limited need for Class II Type B biological safety cabinets at the NIH. In addition, Class II Type B biological safety cabinets require very specific installation and operating conditions to function correctly. The majority of facilities at the NIH cannot support them and they are not recommended for installation.

 

Contact us at (301) 496-3353 or (301) 496-3457 for information on ordering procedures, current prices and availability of units.

 
The following are our policies related to biological safety cabinet ordering:

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