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The Importance of Testing and Certifying Lab Centrifuges

Centrifuges are an essential piece of lab equipment. They separate components of a sample based on their size, shape, and density. They are commonly used in medical, research, and industrial settings to isolate cells, proteins, and other biomolecules. To ensure the accuracy and reliability of centrifuge results, it is crucial to have them tested and  … Read more

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5 Common Methods of Lab Sterilization

In order to ensure labs and personnel remain as safe as possible, we have specific services in place. Specifically, handling biological specimens and hazardous materials present unique safety challenges. Services like lab equipment disposal, biosafety cabinet maintenance and certification are all keys to upholding cleanliness and safety. In addition to these, procedures like lab equipment  … Read more

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Biosafety Level 1 Labs: The Basics

For those working in a biological lab, they may be familiar with BSL or bio safety labs. However, what does BSL mean and what are the levels of biosafety? In biological labs, employees often handle hazardous materials. In fact, some of these specimens can even be fatal at times. Therefore, biosafety labs have a numerical  … Read more

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What is ASHRAE-110 Fume Hood Testing and Why is it Important?

Fume hoods are vital to labs that use them. Since they are used so often, it is important that they perform well. Regularly testing and certifying fume hoods ensures the safety of lab personnel. That’s where ASHRAE-110 comes in. The test involves measuring the performance of the fume hoods and certifying that they meet certain  … Read more

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Fume Hood vs BSC: What’s the Difference?

With the world still struggling with COVID-19, it’s important to know about the safety devices in labs. When it comes to laboratory safety, two types of units are absolutely essential. They are fume hoods and biosafety cabinets (BSCs). Both have ventilation systems to keep lab personnel safe. Therefore, it is easy to confuse the two.  … Read more

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When Do You Need Lab Equipment Certification?

Lab equipment certification is an official way to verify that lab equipment is working properly. Obviously, getting accurate results from your lab equipment is of critical importance. However, do you know when you need lab equipment certification? And, how often should your lab have equipment certified? At SEPS, our mission is to support the scientific  … Read more

Biosafety level signs from BSL-1 to BSL-4. Simple flat vector biohazard caution signs used in laboratory. Symbol of hazard caused by biological microorganism, virus or toxin

Biosafety Level 2 Labs: The Basics

In our previous post, we broke down biosafety level (BSL) 1 labs. Biological labs operate under safety ratings, as anyone who works in one of these can attest to. However, what does BSL mean and what are the levels of biosafety? In biological labs, or bio-labs, workers often deal with dangerous substances. In fact, some  … Read more

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8 Steps to Handling Chemical Spills in the Lab

No matter how careful you are in the lab, spills are inevitable. And unfortunately, chemical spills are not uncommon. In fact, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board reports that there are an estimated 10,000 chemical spills each year in the United States alone. Unfortunately, some of the worst spills can cause damage to your work or  … Read more