Verified operator and sample protection

A custom Class II biological safety cabinet, verified to meet personnel and product protection standards with the BD FACSMelody installed in the work area, is available. To meet the latest ISAC guidelines for biosafety and cell sorting, it includes a built-in aerosol management system that operates independently of the cabinet.

Management of risk

Biological safety in flow cytometry is a growing issue for laboratories concerned about the potential incidental exposure of operators to biological samples. To mitigate risk and to comply with guidelines, biosafety cabinets (BSCs) are the recommended solution.

By controlling and filtering air, BSCs can provide:

  • Protection of personnel from harmful agents inside the cabinet
  • Protection of products to avoid contamination
  • Protection of the environment from contaminants contained within the cabinet

A Class II biosafety cabinet provides both personnel and product protection, and addresses regional standards for biosafety cabinet design and performance.

  • An open-front cabinet with controlled airflow
  • HEPA-filtered, vertical laminar airflow within the work area
  • Exhausted air from the cabinet is filtered by HEPA filters
  • Can be used in BSL 1, 2, and 3 laboratories

Comprehensive biosafety solution

Our biosafety and sorting solution for the BD FACSMelody is comprehensive and keeps your cell sorting activities running smoothly and safely, so you can focus on your research.

BD partnered with The Baker Company to design a custom biosafety and sorting solutions. The Baker Company is recognized as experts in designing and manufacturing products that meet specific needs of the workplace and guarantee the widest margin of safety and product protection under demanding conditions.

Baker biosafety solution Sorter + BSC measurements Verified to meet biosafety standards for a Class II Type A2 biosafety cabinet Verified for personnel and product protection Microbiological test report Meets ISAC guidelines for aerosol management
SterilGARD® e3 Otpimax for the BD FACSMelody 53.8 x 34.5 x 91.9 to 98.4 in.
(136.5 x 87.6 x 233.4 to 249.9 cm)

The Baker Company has verified that the BSC designed specifically for the BD FACSMelody cell sorter meets personnel and product protection standards for a Class II Type A2 biosafety cabinet, the National Sanitation Foundation International Standard 49, and European Standard 12469. Importantly, all microbiological testing was performed with the BD FACSMelody placed inside the work area of the BSC to validate performance in an as-used condition.


The most recent biosafety and sorting guidelines, policies and publications are: