By Milind Shinde, project manager, Elomatic
All bio-containment guidelines and inspection documents set requirements for airtight containment boundaries around biohazards. Current international containment guidelines only scratch the surface for biosafety level 3 (BSL-3) and the available tests proposed are not entirely suitable for such facilities. Some steps in the right direction have been taken, notably as outlined in the standards put forth in the Australia-New Zealand model for their Physical Containment 3 designation. Until that exists, we can do what is reasonable to ensure sound and appropriate laboratories, which I believe means qualitative testing with well-considered test protocols based on what the laboratory is intended for.