To get the most out of your time using a Microbiological Safety Cabinet you have to ensure that you’re using the right technique. If not, you could end up contaminating the sample you’re working with which could waste your time and ruin the sample itself.
Here, we share three tips for working with a Microbiological Safety Cabinet so that you’ll be able to achieve what you set out to do.
Get an understanding of the cabinet
If you’re new to using Microbiological Safety Cabinets or haven’t used one in a while, it’s important to get an understanding of how they work as this will ensure that you use it effectively. Make sure that you know how air is passed through the cabinet and how the process protects you, your surroundings, and the sample you’re working with. It’s also vital that you know the correct sash level as deviating from this could have a negative impact on the cabinet’s airflow.
Don’t make sudden movements
When it comes to using a Microbiological Safety Cabinet, slow and steady movements will give you the best results. Rapidly moving your arms inside the cabinet, or in and out of it, can disrupt the air curtain which could make the cabinet less effective. Others moving quickly in the space around you or opening and closing doors cause the same issue, so minimising movement when the cabinet is in use is a must.
Use the space wisely
When using a Microbiological Safety Cabinet, the area in which you place your sample can have an impact on how successful your work is. You should always aim to work in the middle third of the workspace and anything you place in the cabinet should be at least 4 inches from the front grille.
Now that you’ve read our three tips for working with a Microbiological Safety Cabinet, you can feel confident in using one yourself. If you’ve any queries regarding safety cabinets, please contact us.