BioSafety Levels (BSL)
Four BioSafety Levels (BSLs) apply to the microbiological laboratories which have special and often unique work environments.
BSL1 laboratories work with agents not known to cause disease in healthy adults and minimal potential hazard to laboratory personnel and the environment.
BSL2 laboratories are similar to a BSL1 lab and suitable for work involving agents of moderate potential hazard to personnel and the environment
PRIMUS offers a BioSeal Flange with either Aluminum or Stainless Steel Extension Panels. The BioSeal provides a means of isolating load from the unload ends of the sterilizer. An isolation flange is welded to the full circumference of the sterilizer. Penetrations through the flange for electrical and piping components are secured with vapor proof fittings.
BSL3 laboratories include clinical, diagnostic, teaching, research or production facilities working with indigenous or exotic agents which may cause serious or potentially lethal disease as a result of exposure by the inhalation route.
BSL4 laboratories work with dangerous and exotic agents that pose a high individual risk of aerosol-transmitted laboratory infections and life-threatening disease. Laboratories use a double-door autoclave which is appropriately decontaminated between each use.
For BSL3 and BSL4 laboratories, PRIMUS offers a BioSeal Enhanced which is a biological seal consisting of a steam sterilizer with a BioSeal flange integrated to a fully gasketed seal allowing for movement of the sterilizer, mechanically fastened by locking bars and bolts to stainless steel panels attached to the embedment’s building architecture. These special features provide the necessary containment barrier for your laboratory. Autoclave doors are automatically controlled. Doors outside of the containment barriers can only be opened after the autoclave “sterilization” cycle has been completed. Sterilizers are equipped with interlocks preventing cycle start unless the doors are fully closed and secured.
PRIMUS offers complete turn-key operations to help your laboratory design team when setting up a new or upgrading your BioSafety Lab. Let PRIMUS help you to ensure all requirements are met and that your laboratory fully meets all NIH safety requirements.