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Energy-Efficient Biological Safety Cabinet Reduces Energy Costs While Ensuring Safety

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Abstract
As the primary containment devices within laboratories, biological safety cabinets (BSCs) are critical to protect personnel, product and environment from exposure to biohazards and cross-contamination during routine daily procedures. Because of this vital role, the biological safety cabinet is one of the most essential and highly used pieces of equipment within a laboratory.

Biological safety cabinets have been designed to run continuously to maintain aseptic conditions in the workspace. Additionally, BSCs are often operated continuously to help control dust and other airborne particulates.

With current energy prices reaching all-time highs, reducing energy costs is a paramount concern of every laboratory. An analysis published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concluded that laboratories consume five to 10 times more energy per square foot than typical office buildings.1 The need for energy-efficient equipment has never been more acute.

The Baker Company’s new SterilGARD high-efficiency biological safety cabinets offer a significant reduction in energy usage while maintaining a rigorous standard of safety and protection. Recent studies have shown that the reduced airflow mode of operation for the cabinets results in a 50–75% lower operating cost compared to previous designs.

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