Containment of biological agents and infectious substances is an essential element in maintaining a safe environment for biomedical and microbiological laboratories, Biosafety Levels labs, and vaccine production facilities.
Protecting against the potential release of hazardous aerosols into a lab during centrifugation requires good laboratory practices.
1. First Level of Protection: Labware
Protecting lab and personnel from aerosol leakage and spills with bucket and microplate carrier covers, disposable liners, sealing tubes, and/or tubes with threaded caps with inserts/plugs and O-rings.
2. Second Level of Protection: Rotors
Well-designed rotors offer additional biocontainment.
Dual-locking lids enable the rotor to remain sealed while being carried to a biocontainment hood for sample retrieval.
Lid and cap assemblies for fixed-angle and swinging-bucket rotors are designed to create a hermetic seal with the O-ring when used in a hard-vacuum environment.
Fluid containment eliminates leakage into the centrifuge chamber even if the sample tubes leak
3. Third level of protection: Centrifuge
Filtration of the air, both in and out of the centrifuge chamber, through Pharmaceutical-grade (HEPA) sterilizing filters, provides a final level of containment against potentially hazardous aerosols created during centrifugation and minimizes the risk of lab and/or personnel.