Cleaning a biosafety cabinet is an important function as far as containment and sterility. Aseptic technique and daily decontamination will eliminate the majority of contaminants. In addition, routine and thorough decontamination processes (including disinfecting all removable parts and surfaces) is recommended by the manufacturer and is a good laboratory practice to reduce wear on the equipment and provide greater safety to you, your samples, and the environment.
For any environment or equipment that requires an aseptic work area or process, it is critical there is no contamination present that may alter or impact the process or product being worked with. When wipe-down procedures or the use of UV lighting are not effective in eliminating the source of the contamination both CD surface spraying or gaseous decontamination is the proven effective next level that has a proven history of neutralizing even the worst type of contamination.
Chlorine dioxide (ClO²) has become the decontamination agent of choice for many of our customers. Using ClO² can provide benefits in comparison to other traditional methods for decontamination.
Due to the potential for exposure to formaldehyde, an OSHA-classified carcinogen, we utilize NSF-49 approved Chlorine Dioxide.
Chlorine Dioxide nor Chlorine are a known carcinogen. Chlorine dioxide can be found in toothpastes and mouthwashes. It is used to treat drinking water and to rinse various fruits, vegetables, and meats.
Similar to all other decontamination methods, CD gas decontamination is a multi-step process. The 5 steps of the CD gas process are pre-condition, condition, injection, exposure, and aeration.
All decontaminations using ClO² are executed in accordance with company SOPs and ClorDiSys recommended procedures.
Where applicable, biological indicators may be placed in the work area to verify the effectiveness of the decontamination.