Welcome to the Laboratory Safety Blog

The Laboratory Safety Blog has been developed to open a dialog and address a variety of topics regarding biological safety. We will cover topics ranging from general issues in biosafety and primary containment to Class III Biological Safety Cabinets as well as innovations in biosafety engineering. The Laboratory Safety Blog serves as a professional forum… Continue reading Welcome to the Laboratory Safety Blog

2010 Joint Forces Pharmacy Seminar

Chattanooga, TN, USA http://www.jfpsinfo.org/ The Joint Forces Pharmacy Seminar (JFPS) is being held by the Joint Forces and according to their website, “is the largest annual event for the Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard pharmacy community…” Germfree will be exhibiting and demonstrating a range of equipment for the hospital and healthcare pharmacist. Germfree… Continue reading 2010 Joint Forces Pharmacy Seminar

NCPA 112th Annual Convention & Trade Expo.

Philadelphia Convention Center Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority 1101 Arch Street Philadelphia, Pa 19107 USA http://www.ncpanet.org/calendarncpa/2010convention.php Booth # TBD This event is being held by the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA). For more information about this event go to the NCPA website or the Philadelphia Convention Center website. *** Germfree will be exhibiting and demonstrating a… Continue reading NCPA 112th Annual Convention & Trade Expo.

ASHP 45th Mid-Year Clinical Meeting

Anaheim Convention Center Anaheim, FL, USA http://www.ashp.org/Import/Meetings/MidyearclinicalMeeting Germfree Booth # 553 This annual meeting is being held by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). According to the organizers, The ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition is the largest gathering of pharmacists in the world. With its focus on improving patient care, the meeting is… Continue reading ASHP 45th Mid-Year Clinical Meeting

ASHP Summer Meeting and Exposition 2010

Tampa Convention Center Tampa, FL, USA Booth#609 http://www.ashp.org/meetings This meeting is being held by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). According to the organization, this event attracts …more than 3,000 pharmacy professionals from leadership, managerial, and supervisory roles in health-system practice, the Summer Meeting hosts not only ASHP’s annual House of Delegates proceedings –… Continue reading ASHP Summer Meeting and Exposition 2010

Annual Field Testing for Certification of Class III BSC

These recommendations were developed by comparing the various performance tests identified in the standards described in the past two blogs, in an attempt to provide guidance on the development of a comprehensive performance field test. Consideration has also been given to those factors that may affect the ability to conduct a performance test using values… Continue reading Annual Field Testing for Certification of Class III BSC

International Performance Standards for Class III BSC

The last blog addressed industry accepted standards for performance testing of Class III Biosafety Cabinet in the US. This blog focuses on other Internationally accepted standards. These standards contain some areas of overlap with US standards and in other areas provide supplemental information. British/European Standard BE EN 12469:2000/EN 12469:2000, 2000 (1) : Class III BSC… Continue reading International Performance Standards for Class III BSC

BioContainment Equipment and Biosafety Training

In biosafety training programs, it is critical that students develop a familiarity with biological safety equipment. In courses and workshops, this can take the form of industry-insider trainings, interactive exercises as well as hands-on experience with the equipment. Industry can play an important role in biosafety training. This goes beyond demonstrating equipment at trade shows… Continue reading BioContainment Equipment and Biosafety Training

US Performance Standards to Consult When Purchasing a Class III BSC

Class III BSC: Performance Testing Standards There are several prominent industry accepted standards for performance testing of Class III Biosafety Cabinet in the US. These standards contain some areas of overlap, and in many cases one standard contains performance related information not contained in the other standards. The information below provides a brief summary of… Continue reading US Performance Standards to Consult When Purchasing a Class III BSC

Pass Through Chamber Options in Class III BSC

Pass through chambers provide an easy way of moving supplies and materials in-to and out-of the Class III Biological Safety Cabinet. There are a few options to consider with these devices. To begin with, their interior surfaces should be coved for ease of cleaning, and the exterior of the chamber should not extend into an… Continue reading Pass Through Chamber Options in Class III BSC