Glove Boxes

 A glove box consists of a sealed box with the inside accessible only by gloves. Though their uses are expanding, they are essentially utilized for two basic purposes: Protect what you work on from the environment, such as an analytic balance on a production floor, or protect you from what you work on, such as a virus. Despite the fact that most glove boxes provide a relatively simple process, different applications require different boxes.

Top 4 Signs That You Should Service or Replace Your Glove Box

  1. The glove box no longer safely contains the hazardous materials the lab is working with.
  2. You are starting to get into new applications that aren’t supported by your current unit. For example, a microbiologist might want an anaerobic glove box for anaerobic bacterial cultures.
  3. Staff are experiencing ergonomic issues with the current box, such as gloves not fitting correctly or the gloves being poorly placed for users to reach comfortably.
  4. The unit is either too small for the work being done in the lab or is taking up too much space in the lab for the work being done.

Top 5 Questions That You Should Ask When Buying a Glove Box

  1. What applications are you using the glove box for? This will determine exactly what you will need in a glove box, such as an oxygen-free atmosphere, etc.
  2. Are the incubation and processing separated in order to prevent contamination? This is important if you will be using the glove box for cell culture.
  3. How much will the glove box cost to acquire and maintain? Are warranties offered? Custom glove boxes are the most expensive, so if a standard model can fit your needs that is probably the better way to go. Making small customizations to an off-the-shelf model is also another less costly option than a fully-custom unit.
  4. What are your future needs? This will help determine if the smallest unit is really the best option or if a larger option which can accommodate future expansion would make more sense.
  5. What sort of safety features does the glove box have? These are especially important if you are working with very hazardous materials.

Article courtesy of LabManager Magazine

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