Bigneat cabinet offers asbestos protection for lab workers

When handling samples of asbestos for testing and identification in laboratories, special protection is required for the laboratory workers.

When handling samples of asbestos for testing and identification in laboratories, special protection is required for the laboratory workers.

Health and Safety Guidelines state that the handling of asbestos test samples must be undertaken within a safety hood, with air drawn away from the operator taking any mobilised particles safely away. Bigneat, a manufacturer of clean air and hazard containment equipment, has therefore developed the Bigneat Asbestos Safety Cabinet. Both ductless and mobile, it draws air upwards and through a HEPA filter for trapping stray asbestos particles, returning clean air back to the laboratory. The cabinet complies with legislation requiring that: an asbestos inspection cabinet must conform to BS 7258; at the working face of a cabinet there should be a minimum of 0.5-1ms flow-rate; and the cabinet should alarm if the face velocity falls below this value. Unlike conventional fume cupboards, the cabinet can be supplied with a mobile trolley and placed at the exact location where the inspection is most comfortably undertaken.

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