LFGI (Laminar Flow Glovebox / Isolator)
The Laminar Flow Glovebox/Isolator provides the ultimate in product and personnel protection. Germfree's LFGI functions as a Compounding Aseptic Containment Isolator (CACI) while operating under strong negative pressure to meet NIOSH recommendations. Additionally, the unit functions as a Compounding Aseptic Isolator (CAI) under positive pressure to meet USP 797 regulations. The operator is provided with a complete barrier from the materials being manipulated by working with a highly ergonomic glove system.
The ultimate in product and personnel protection for sterile compounding and USP 797 compliance.
The Laminar Flow Glovebox/Isolator (LFGI) uses HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters to provide the highest level of operator and product protection. The supply HEPA filter provides laminar flow air which bathes the entire work area. The exhaust HEPA filter handles all air exiting the Laminar Flow Glovebox/Isolator. Additionally, there are two HEPA filters located inside the HEPA Purge airlock that filter the purged air. All filters are rated to remove particulates and aerosols 0.3 micron in size with a minimum efficiency of 99.99%. These filters are even more effective at removing particulates both larger and smaller than 0.3 microns.
The Laminar Flow Glovebox/Isolator provides personnel and product protection from particulates, dust, powders and aerosols. Microbiological particulates and aerosols, with the possible exception of Prions, are also removed. Operator and product protection from gas and fumes are NOT provided by HEPA filtration, but limited protection from gas and fumes can be provided by venting or ducting. In accordance with the NIOSH alert on the handling of hazardous drugs, the LFGI can be configured for no recirculation and total exhaust of all air exiting the work area.
The LFGI is constructed of high quality all welded stainless steel with a pharmaceutical grade finish. The unit incorporates an integrated manual height-adjusting stand with locking cleanroom grade casters. The ergonomic, stainless steel sliding tray inside the airlock pulls into the work area, eliminating reaching strains. Further, the stainless steel interior work area trays slide over one another and are removable. This facilitates easy cleanup under the work deck. The extra large oval gloveports incorporate a two-part sleeve/glove system that allows for the use of most types and sizes of commercially available gloves. Glove changes can be made while maintaining containment, furthering personnel protection.
The fluorescent light housing is externally mounted to provide optimum lighting in the work area. The Acrylic viewing panel is encased in a stainless steel frame and set at an angle to reduce glare and enhance operator comfort. The LFGI's system for waste and sharps removal has seals to maintain work area containment. A fully adjustable shelf is included to accommodate most commercially available wide-mouth or hinged-top sharps collectors.
The LFGI Series of barrier isolators meet or exceed ISO 14644-1 for Class 5 air quality. Each LFGI undergoes rigorous physical testing before shipping to assure the unit meets all performance requirements. It is required that independent certification be performed before use.
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