Biological Safety Cabinets

Manipulations potentially generating biological aerosols must be performed within certified Biological Safety Cabinets (BSCs), these procedures may include, but are not limited to:

  • centrifuging
  • grinding
  • blending
  • vigorous shaking or mixing
  • sonic disruption (sonication)
  • opening containers of infectious materials with internal pressures that may differ from ambient pressures
  • in vivo administration of agents via intranasal or gavage procedures
  • harvesting infected tissues from animals or embryonated eggs

For updated information on how to operate your BSC, please follow the:

SOP for Safe Use of Biological Safety Cabinets

Annual certification by a qualified contractor is required for all BSC’s at VCU in addition to after initial installation, repairs/maintenance, or after the BSC is moved to a new location.

Contact Biological Safety

For assistance accessing information related to our programs, please contact

Biological Safety Staff