Labs are classified based on the type of materials and contaminants handled and the hazards posed. Laboratory classifications can be further broken down by industry:
- Clinical or biological labs, classified on a BSL scale from 1 to 4, must have the means to safely exhaust and provide primary containment of microbiological hazards
- Chemical laboratories require careful planning and execution to avoid contamination of air from the workspace to the room or from the exhaust system to “clean” parts of the facility
- Physical or R&D labs are more concerned with particulates from dust, mists and aerosols that require filtering out of the air.
Considering the hazards users are exposed to in a laboratory, the air quality must be tightly controlled to avoid contamination. Heating ventilation air systems (HVAC) play a critical role in controlling the hazards posed to lab users and the lab environment. Design and operations of HVAC systems for laboratory, is an important factor in ensuring a safe environment.
This webinar will provide insight into the quality & operations considerations needed to assure a safe working environment in the lab.