Applied Biosafety: Journal of the
American Biological Safety Association

Volume 11, Number 4, 2006

Applied Biosafety, v.11 n.4

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Introduction to Applied Computational Fluid Dynamics for the Biological Safety Environment(PDF 328KB)
Thomas Scott, David Banks, and Amit Mishra

Use of Computational Fluid Dynamics to Predict Airflow and Contamination Concentration Profiles Within Laboratory Floor Plan Environment(PDF 1.9MB)
Alexy Kolesnikov

Select Agents Diagnostic Test Reporting Requirements - Exemptions and Implications to Biosecurity(PDF 132KB)
Venkat Rao, Ashley Eilers, and Chiara Mancini

Use of Ultraviolet Lights in Biological Safety Cabinets: A Contrarian View(PDF 124KB)
Paul J. Meechan and Christina Wilson

Position Paper on the Use of Ultraviolet Lights in Biological Safety Cabinets(PDF 108KB)
Jyl Burgener

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Capsule - Revised Recommendations for HIV Testing(PDF 48KB)
Ed Krisiunas

Ask the Experts - The Musings of a Biosafety Professional on Containment Facilities(PDF 60KB)
John H. Keene

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Tradeline Publications: Uncovering Weaknesses of Biocontainment Facilities(PDF 116KB)

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About the Cover

The top picture shows an ultraviolet transilluminator that is commonly used to show DNA bands on gels stained with ethidium bromide. Unfortunately, a lab employee received skin and eye burns while using this transilluminator and an acrylic plastic shield thought to provide protection against UV. The lab did not realize that the shield had not been manufactured for this use or rated for protection against UV light; this incident underscores the importance of ensuring that safety equipment meets the shielding requirements for the intended use. In addition, hazard communication and training is vital to prevent inadvertent exposures as many laboratorians use UV to conduct data analysis or work near equipment housing UV lights. The germicidal properties of UV light have been recognized for many years, as have concerns over its safety and factors influencing its efficacy. Articles by Paul J. Meechan et al. (pages 222-227) and Jyl Burgener (pages 228-230) provide a timely point/counterpoint discussion of the pros and cons of using UV light in the biosafety cabinet.

Top photo: UV transilluminator, courtesy of University of Washington, Environmental Health & Safety, www.ehs.washington.edu/rsononion/uvlight.shtm, ehsdept@u.washington.edu, 206-543-7262.

Bottom photo: UV region of the electromagnetic spectrum, courtesy of NASA.


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