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Omicron – The Variant Everyone is Talking About

Although it has only been a few days since the discovery of the new Covid-19 variant, everyone is talking about it, asking questions, and wondering if it’s a cause for serious concern. Various countries have responded by closing their borders to most Southern Africa countries in a desperate attempt to contain the spread of the new variant.

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ISO Compliance - The importance of regulatory bodies and updating standards

ISO standards are voluntary and difficult to enforce, though some have been adopted as part of national health, safety and environmental regulations and are thus binding. Even outside of a compulsory situation, compliance with ISO standards confers multiple benefits on a company.

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Laminar Flow Theatres: An Overview

The way in which laminar flow theatres work is, very basically, to filter the air and create a powerful, calm and uniform unidirectional airflow.

They rely on fans to create air velocity, which may be downward. There can be multiple laminar flow diffusers in a single operating theatre.

Any turbulence can negate the bacterial reduction and removal effect of the system, so it is very important that operating theatre personnel move around carefully and deliberately.

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Wet Scrubbers: The Importance of Proper Use and Maintenance

Wet scrubbers play a crucial role in the safe discharge of exhaust emissions from industrial workshops, laboratories and manufacturing facilities by removing particles and harmful gases from the discharged air-stream, they help keep workers, the premises and the surrounding environment safe from contaminants.

Wet scrubbers require regular maintenance, a portion of the responsibility for which rests on the shoulders of the customer.

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Protecting Your Personnel: Working with Oncology Bio-safety Cabinets

The standard safety protocol for the manipulation of chemotherapy drugs in oncology clinics and laboratories involves the use of a bio-safety cabinet (BSC), which tend to be Class II, either Type A or B. These have High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters and may be exhausted outside. As long as the BSC is well maintained and functioning correctly, it provides personnel with a strong measure of protection against accidental exposure to the drugs, particularly in aerosol form; but the BSC alone is not sufficient and extra precautions are necessary. Correct and consistent use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is vital.

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Decontaminating Your BSC: The Why and The How

Vivid Air uses the latest decontamination kits available, these boil off the correct amount of formaldehyde after a delay timer has been set to allow all personnel to vacate the immediate area around the cabinet as well as a time delay neutralization phase using ammonia to neutralize the reside formaldehyde in the cabinet before the technicians break the seal to commence their service or validation of the BSC.

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Safety First: Customized Fume Extraction Cabinet for Hormone Manufacturer

During the briefing, our client who requested a customized design, explained that they would be working with hormones in the Fume Extraction Cabinet. As a result, we needed to ensure that anyone operating the cabinet, as well as the surrounding environment, would be well protected.

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Time to Upgrade: 7 Signs You Need a New Biosafety Cabinet

BSCs provide safe, enclosed spaces for working with contaminants. These essential features of laboratories can typically be used for 15-25 years, but they do suffer wear and tear, and eventually need replacing.

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Bag In, Bag Out Changeout Procedure for Safe Change Housings

A safe change housing is used when pathogens and or harmful substances may be present in the filter media and direct contact with these filters must be avoided.

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Vivid Air’s Fume Cupboards for Schools

Vivid Air has recently designed and built fume cupboards that can be used in school laboratories and science classrooms, allowing students to learn about hazardous chemicals while staying protected from possible harm caused by them.

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