The University has over 950 active biosafety cabinets (BSCs), and about 150 have become obsolete due to safer design standards and the challenge of obtaining replacement parts. EH&S recommends replacing obsolete cabinets before they fail to minimize disruptions to research projects.
The following resources are available to assist with the purchase and replacement of BSCs:
- Alert: Replace Obsolete Biosafety Cabinets
- List of Approved Biosafety Cabinets
- Steps to Purchase, Replace, Relocate or Remove a Biosafety Cabinet
Researchers rely on biosafety cabinets as a direct control to the safety and sterility of their research. All biosafety cabinets are performance tested and maintained to manufacturer’s specifications annually by EH&S. Each biosafety cabinet must meet the NSF Standard 49 for Biological Safety Cabinet design, construction, performance, field certification and testing.