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Fume Hoods VS. Biosafety Cabinets

Fume hoods and biosafety cabinets are different types of laboratory equipment providing distinct functions. This page highlights the differences between them.

                  Fume Hoods             Biosafety Cabinets
  • No filtration of air
  • Exhausts chemical fumes outisde the laboratory
  • Suitable for chemicals and non-sterile work
  • HEPA filtration of air intake and exhaust
  • Recirculates filtered air in to laboratory
  • Utilized to ensure sterility (e.g. cell culture) and containment of infectious work

Certification Provided by Chloe Backman MUSC Occupational Safety and Health Programs

Certification provided by the MUSC Biosafety Cabinet Service Program. Contact the Biosafety Officer to schedule certifications
Repairs: contact Engineering & FacilitiesRepairs provided by the MUSC Biosafety Cabinet Service Program.

The MUSC Biosafety Cabinet Service Program

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