Given the range of existing BSL3 facilities at various points in their respective lifecycles and the changing and evolving standards for design, construction, and operation, the question, "Where does my BSL3 facility stand in all of this?" is a challenging one to answer without a thorough and detailed physical survey and follow-on reporting.
That said, recent experience has revealed some commonality in existing BSL3 lab shortcomings. Below are nine questions that can help uncover a lab's potential points of non-compliance:
If you answered "no" to any of the questions above, it is essential that you begin the process of understanding why these conditions exist.
Joseph A. D'Alù is an architectural/mechanical engineer at RMF Engineering with more than 16 years of experience. He has been responsible for the design and construction of HVAC and plumbing systems in a diverse range of markets, both new construction and renovation. His experience includes extensive building infrastructure design focused in laboratory and healthcare as well as academic housing and classroom, administrative office, performing arts, and historic preservation. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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