The new building of the Friedrich Loeffler Institute on the Island Riems
Berner International equips high security laboratory with new safety cabinets
One of the most modern high security laboratories, the new building of the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute is located on Riems Island. Berner was the chosen business associate for the safety cabinets.
The Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute (or FLI) is the German Research Institute for Animal Health and has one of the few high security laboratories in Germany. At the centre of the
activities lie the health and welfare of agricultural livestock and also the protection of the human population against zoonoses, i.e. infections transmitted from animals to humans. At several locations in Germany intensive research is being carried out in the fields of physiology, ethology, epidemiology, immunology, virology, bacteriology and parasitology.
For several years now, on the Island Riems (the head office of the
FLI north of Greifswald, Germany), one of the latest high security
complexes in Europe is being built; in an area of over 80.000 m²,
with 89 laboratories and 163 special animal facilities. The
laboratories and stabling have been constructed in a
box-in-box system to safeguard the high total safety system.
The FLI does not make any compromises when fitting out their laboratories either. For equipping the laboratory with safety
cabinets at biosafety levels 2, 3 and 4 they commissioned Berner International.
In line with the different requirements various 2- and 3-filter safety
cabinets were commissioned. For the high security area of biosafey
level 4, a stainless steel model of the well-known biological safety
cabinet BERNER FlowSafe® B-[Max]³ with a partitioned filter
A special feature worth mentioning is the patented HEPA-cartridge-
main filter of the safety cabinet. Thanks to their special design the filters offer the following advantages:
- An extremely safe and low-contamination filter change while
the safety cabinet is still in operation.
- The replaced filter can be easily autoclaved on site, deactivated
and subsequently disposed off safely.
- The special construction of the safety cabinet
offers maximum legroom.
The fact that Berner International is the right business partner for
high security laboratories of biosafety levels BSL 4, could be s
een several years ago by the new construction of the
Bernhard-Nocht-Instituts (BNI) for Tropical Medicine in Hamburg.
An experience and a reference, which has also been frequently used by the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute.
For further information: