What Is a Clean Bench?

A clean bench is an enclosed laboratory bench that is designed to prevent pollution and contamination by controlling and keeping the air cleanliness level at a certain point. A clean bench is a type of laminar airflow cabinet (also known as a tissue culture hood).

Clean benches are frequently used in laboratories across a wide range of industries all over the world. These hoods utilize state-of-the-art technology in order to provide the laboratory with a clean, safe, bacteria-free environment for sensitive biological substances. The hood ensures that the operating environment is 99% free of .3 micron particles.

What Exactly Does a Clean Bench Do?

Clean benches prevent dust, smoke, bacteria, microorganisms, and other undesired dirt in the air from contaminating the biological materials and samples that the lab worker is currently working on. The HEPA filter, which is a high-efficiency mechanical filter, lets the air through, cleaning it and directing the air flows right to the substances. A clean bench can maintain a high level of air cleanliness even in a significantly polluted environment.

Does a Clean Bench Protect the Worker Too?

A clean bench only provides protection for samples, substances, and materials that are being worked on, as it directs the filtered air across the operating surface towards the worker. These hoods can be used for particular cleaning operations, such as the dust-free assembly of sterile facilities or electronic devices. A clean bench must never be used while working with drugs, highly infectious substances, or other dangerous samples. The lab worker will be exposed to the substances, which could lead – depending on the material – to poisoning, infection, contamination, or toxicity. So, a clean bench should not be mixed up with a biosafety cabinet.

What Are the Different Types of Clean Benches?

  • Circulation bench: this hood allows clean air to circulate.
  • Light table bench: the workstation is made of glass or acrylic; plus, it has a fluorescent lamp.
  • Drainage bench: the workstation also includes a sink with a tap.
  • Drying bench: the infrared light allows the materials to dry quickly.
  • Built-in bench: floor-standing units are built into the equipment.
  • Exhaust bench: the air can be sucked in from the workstation or just a part of it.
  • Vibration-free bench: the gap between the main unit and the workstation prevents the hood from vibrating.

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