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Safe Sample Prep in Centrifugation

Nov 09 2020 Read 1048 Times

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.

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