Biological Safety Cabinets

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Learn about the proper use of biological safety cabinets (BSC).

Using Biological Safety Cabinets

Download the Checklist for Safe Use of Biological Safety Cabinets and editor modify as necessary to incorporate your laboratory-specific standard operating procedures (SOPs). Use this checklist as a daily reminder of the activities or tasks needed for safely working in a biological safety cabinet, a training tool for annual audit of operational protocols.    


Testing and Certification

Biological safety cabinets (BSCs) must be tested periodically to ensure that they are working properly and provide a safe research environment. Certification should be performed at least once a year by a specialized technician.  

Departments or Principal Investigators are required to arrange certification on an annual basis. Often, vendors will discount certification costs if multiple BSCs are certified at the same time.  

Environment, Health & Safety verifies that a biological safety cabinet's certification is up to date. 

Certification Vendors

ENV Services

Northeast Office

450 West John Street, Hicksville, NY 11801

Phone: (800) 292-5255

Fathom Testing LLC

1930 Girdle Road, Elma, New York 14059

Phone: (716) 259-0084


J.W. Danforth

300 Colvin Woods Parkway, Tonawanda, NY 14150

Phone: (716) 832-1940


40 Burt Drive, Suite 9 Deerpark, NY 11729

Phone: (866)536-5656

Contact an Expert

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David Pawlowski, Ph.D, RBP

Biosafety Officer

Environment, Health & Safety

Phone: 716-829-5816