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Ergonomic Considerations in the development of a Class II, Type A/B3 Biological Safety Cabinet

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Introduction
The laboratory workplace is changing. More attention is being given to laboratory personnel, their work environment and ergonomics, the science of fitting the workplace to the worker. The Baker Company has developed the SterilGARD III Advance° biological safety cabinet in response to these changes. This cabinet, used in laboratory investigation and protocols involving agents of low and moderate risk, includes a number of design features that improve worker productivity and comfort while being used during repetitive tasks.

A Baker Company design team was charged with researching ergonomics issues associated with biological safety cabinets and making recommendations as to a new cabinet design. The team considered cabinet shape, worker position, lighting, containment and a number of other issues in composing design criteria. What resulted is the industry’s first Class II, Type A/B3 biological safety cabinet that recognizes the principles of ergonomics and worker comfort and is built with Baker’s reputation for performance.

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