Microbiological Safety Cabinets

A microbiological safety cabinet (MSC) is a specialised piece of equipment designed to protect the environment and the user from airborne hazards of biological agents or material that may contain such agents.

They are not designed for the containment of radioactive, toxic and corrosive substances, unless specifically modified by the manufacturer.

HSE guidance on Management and operation of microbiological containment laboratories (Appendix 2, page 57) provides information on MSCs including:

  • Positioning, Installation and Commissioning,
  • Operation
  • Training,
  • Ergonomics
  • Maintenance, Monitoring, Performance Criteria and Testing
  • Fumigation