Biological Safety - Vacuum Lines

Audit finding: Vacuum lines are not protected

Adverse consequence(s): Unprotected vacuum lines could result in exposure of infectious agents to maintenance personal who service HVAC equipment in the building.

Corrective action: Building and laboratory vacuum systems must be protected during vacuum filtration or aspiration procedures. High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) disposable cartridge filters must be used to prevent fluid and aerosol contamination of laboratory vacuum lines and vacuum pumps. HEPA disposable cartridge filters are available from Scientific Supply Vendors [Whatman VACU-GUARD® #6722-5000 or Pall Gelman Acro 50 Vent Filters® #4251]. Click here to order vacuum filters.