Continuing to Address the BMBL’s No Airflow Reversal Requirement for Level 3 Biocontainment Laboratories

Biocontainment

This white paper focuses on how project teams should establish and execute a practical multifaceted plan to address the guideline statement on airflow reversals for ABSL-3 and BSL-3 applications. An interpretation of the guideline will be discussed, and will be followed by recommendations on how to comply with it.

Streamlining the Vivarium Facility Performance Verification Process

Ventilated Cage Racks

Performance verification in vivariums requires specialized technical skills, and that is why commissioning agents are hired to perform these assessments. This paper explores how the commissioning agent can verify the operation of the vivarium and address any deficiencies without disrupting the regular activities of the researchers and staff through building collaborative relationships with all parties, who are focused on one goal—a vivarium that is operating safely for people and animals.

The Importance of High-Quality Documentation in Commissioning

This white paper describes the importance of high-quality documentation, and highlights important aspects of the specifications that helps the commissioning and closeout team ensure the building systems are performing accurately and efficiently. The information in this white paper is based on the author’s experience with multiple projects, particularly the Dartmouth College Class of 1978 Life Science Center (LSC).