Environmental Health & Safety

Laboratory Equipment Information

Section 1

Laboratory Equipment Information

Biosafety Cabinets
Fume Hoods
Refrigerators
Miscellaneous

BIOSAFETY CABINETS (BSC)

How do I get a BSC?
Contact a manufacturer (Baker, Labconco, etc.) or order through Fisher Scientific.

Is there a specific BSC that I need?
The type of BSC needed is determined by the type of material that you wish to use in the BSC.

Biosafety cabinets provide personnel protection by HEPA filtration of air prior to release from the cabinet back into the room while also providing product protection, and are required for any work involving Infectious Agents. Biosafety cabinets may need to be hard ducted to the building ventilation system if used with anesthetic gases, radiation, or volatile chemicals.

Laminar Flow Cabinets may be used for work with materials that are non-infectious. No infectious work (human cell lines, infectious agents, allergens) is allowed in Laminar Flow cabinets, and they are generally not recommended as they blow the air from the cabinet into the user’s face, and only provide product protection without personnel protection.

Information on specific types of Biosafety Cabinets is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website:

http://www.cdc.gov/biosafety/publications/bmbl5/BMBL5_appendixA.pdf

How do I get the BSC certified?
Contact Technical Safety Services (TSS) at 1-800-877-7742 or at staff@techsafety.com
UCI Biosafety Cabinet Certification, Maintenance & Repair

How often do I get the BSC certified?
Biosafety cabinets require annual certification if you are using infectious agents, or human cell lines or tissues in the BSC, and prior to maintenance or relocation of the cabinet. The BSC must be re-certified after it has been moved in order to ensure that the HEPA filter has not moved out of place.

What if I need to dispose of the BSC? Or move it?
The BSC must be decontaminated prior to being moved, maintained, or disposed in order to protect personnel from any potential exposure to biohazardous materials or infectious agents. Contact Technical Safety Services (TSS) at 1-800-877-7742 or at staff@techsafety.com to perform the decontamination.

The BSC must be re-certified after it has been moved in order to ensure that the HEPA filter has not moved out of place.

How do I decontaminate a BSC?
Contact TSS at 1-800-877-7742 or at staff@techsafety.com to decontaminate the BSC with paraformaldehyde gas and to perform decontamination of all work surfaces with an appropriate disinfectant. Remove all sharps and waste from the BSC.

What if I need to get the BSC repaired?
Contact TSS at 1-800-877-7742 or at staff@techsafety.com for decontamination and maintenance of the BSC. UCI Facilities Management including Building Maintenance and HVAC shops do not maintain BSCs.

Questions?
Please contact the UC Irvine Biosafety Officer at 949-824-9888.

 

Fume Hoods

How do I get a Fume Hood?
Contact a manufacturer (Baker, Labconco, etc.) or order through Fisher Scientific. Since fume hoods require modification of the building heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system, consult with the appropriate Project Manager (Facilities Management or Design and Construction Services) and EH&S when planning the purchase.

Is there a specific Fume Hood that I need?
There are many types of fume hoods available for purchase. Due to the complex nature of fume hoods and ventilation, it is best to consult with EH&S when choosing a fume hood.

How do I get the Fume Hood certified?
Fume hoods installed as part of new construction are usually certified by a Test and Balance (TaB) service as part of the building commissioning process. Fume hoods newly installed in existing construction or during a renovation project should be certified by a TaB service. In both cases, EH&S also performs certification testing as a quality control/quality assurance process.

Annual certification on fume hoods is performed by EH&S.

How does my fume hood air flow monitor or alarm work?

Information on specific types of air flow monitor or alarm is available here:

AFA 500
Airgard 335
Hamilton 54L502
Kewaunee AirAlert 600
Phoenix Controls
Safeaire 54L405
Safeaire 54L435
Safeaire 54L0480

What if I need to dispose of the Fume Hood? Or move it?
Contact EH&S at 949-824-6200 to confirm that the equipment is clear of hazardous materials. Lab personnel must decontaminate the fume hood prior to disposal or moving.

How do I decontaminate a Fume Hood?
Remove all items and wipe down all surfaces, inside and outside, with the appropriate disinfectant or cleaning agent. The disinfectant or cleaning agent will depend on what was used in the fume hood. In most cases, water can be used to decontaminate a fume hood.

What if I need to get the Fume Hood repaired?
Contact UCI Facilities Management Service Desk at 949-824-5444 to report fume hood problems.

Questions?
Please contact EH&S at 949-824-4817.

 

Refrigerators

How do I get a Refrigerator?
Various types of refrigerators are available for purchase. You must first determine the intended use of the refrigerator before making the purchase. Information is found on the UCI EH&S Refrigerator Program.

Is there a specific Refrigerator that I need?
The UCI EH&S Refrigerator Program elaborates on the types of refrigerators available https://www.ehs.uci.edu/programs/sanitation/refrigfreezerpurchase.html. The following table provides guidance on the type of refrigerator that you will need:

What if I need to move the Refrigerator? Or move it?
Lab personnel must decontaminate the refrigerator prior to disposal or moving. If Resources (Facilities Management Moving Crew) will move the refrigerator, contact EH&S at 949-824-6200 to confirm that the equipment is clear of hazardous materials.

How do I decontaminate a Refrigerator?
Remove all items and wipe down all surfaces, inside and outside, with the appropriate disinfectant or cleaning agent. In most cases, a 10% bleach solution or equal is an appropriate disinfectant. If applicable, defrost the freezer.

What if I need to get the Refrigerator repaired?
Facilities Management can repair laboratory refrigerators. Please contact the Facilities Management Service Desk at 949-824-5444.

Questions?
Please contact EH&S at 949-824-4170.

 

Miscellaneous Lab Equipment

Miscellaneous laboratory equipment, such as, but are not limited to, centrifuges and water baths, etc., are subject to certain procedures.

What if I need to dispose of Miscellaneous lab equipment ? Or move it?
Contact EH&S at 949-824-6200 to confirm that the equipment is clear of hazardous materials. Lab personnel must decontaminate the equipment prior to disposal or moving.

How do I decontaminate Miscellaneous lab equipment?
Remove all items (such as test tubes and media) and wipe down all surfaces, inside and outside, with the appropriate disinfectant or cleaning agent. The disinfectant or cleaning agent will depend on what was used. In most cases, a 10% bleach solution may be used to decontaminate lab equipment.

Questions?
Please contact EH&S at 949-824-6200.