Biological Safety - Clean Air

Audit findings: Clean air bench present in the laboratory

Adverse consequence(s):  Clean air benches provide a sterile work environment by blowing fresh air across the work surface.  Clean air benches do not provide protection to workers.  Working with infectious material could result in exposure.

Corrective action:  Clean Air Benches are not biological safety cabinets. These benches should never be used when handling cell culture materials or drug formulations, or when manipulating potentially infectious materials. These devices only provide product protection.

Clean air benches should not be used in research, biomedical or veterinary laboratories at the University. For more information, contact the Biosafety Officer at EHS by calling (410) 706-7845.