Bevco - Ergonomic Seating Within the Biomedical Research Environment

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The Galveston National Laboratory (GNL) - part of the Institute for Human Infections and Immunity at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), opened their new 186,000 sq. ft. biomedical research facility in November 2008. The laboratory space within the GNL totals 48,000 sq. ft. and features level 1 through 4 biocontainment areas with 12,000 sq. ft. dedicated to a high level BSL4 lab for studying the most dangerous pathogens. Within this state-of-the-art facility, an extraordinary group of scientists are engaged in efforts to translate research ideas into products aimed at controlling emerging infectious diseases and defending our society against bioterrorism.

The types of pathogens that are studied include anthrax, avian influenza, bubonic plague, hemorrhagic fevers (such as Ebola), typhus, West Nile virus, influenza, drugresistant tuberculosis among others. The GNL aims to be the pre-eminent resource within the United States for the safe conduct of essential infectious disease research.

Equipping a medical biocontainment laboratory demands some unique requirements when selecting ergonomic seating. Careful evaluation must be made regarding the suitability of any chair that will become a part of the lab and be used in a caustic and potentially hazardous environment. Routine exposure to formaldehyde gas and the capability to be decontaminated must be considered...

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