Microbiological safety cabinets are integral in protecting operators, their environment, and often the product being worked with, so it’s vital that they are tested and checked when necessary to ensure that they’re in good working order. Neglecting to do this could mean that they’re not safe to use or compliant with BS EN 12469:2000.
Read on to find out how often your safety cabinet needs to be tested.
What performance and safety tests are available?
There are a number of different performance and safety tests that can be carried out to ensure that your microbiological safety cabinet is in good working order. These include everything from operational checks to make sure that all parts of your cabinet are working correctly to an in situ HEPA filter leak integrity test. Other tests include airborne particle counting, airflow velocity checks, and light and noise level checks.
How often does my safety cabinet need to be tested?
It is advised that Class I, II, and III safety cabinets are tested annually to ensure that they’re in good working order. You may also need a test if a filter is being replaced. If your laboratory is containment level 3 or 4 and you’re working with HG3 and HG4 agents, your safety cabinet should be tested every six months.
What happens if something needs replacing?
When you choose Crowthorne Group to test your safety cabinets, you can be confident that we’ll be able to source any replacement parts that your cabinet needs. This means that we can have your cabinet working as its meant to as soon as possible, limiting the length of time that it’s out of use.