Effluent Decontamination Systems (EDS) are required to treat all laboratory wastewater and effluent produced within biocontainment facilities. This effluent typically originates from the laboratory sinks, showers, floor drains, and autoclaves.
Effluent Decontamination Systems are recommended, and/or required by law, across the world for facilities classified as Bio-safety Level 3 and Level 4 (BSL-3 and 4).
EDS systems use a combination of heat and pressure to ensure that any potentially dangerous microbiological agents in the effluent are destroyed before release to the public sewer.
Typically EDS systems are located in sub-contained basement areas directly below the laboratories which they serve. This allows for a gravity flow into the system which minimizes any further intermediate equipment. In some cases, where it is not possible to gravity feed the EDS system, a collection tank is incorporated.
BioSAFE Effluent Decon Systems can operate as continuous or as a continuous-batch process, the latter of which is the chosen standard for our systems due to the inherent safety control and containment advantages.
BioSAFE Life Sciences has worked for years on this front with Alkaline Hydrolysis used in converting potential infectious waste tissue into the sterile effluent. But we also produce stand-alone EDS for other effluent streams from life science facilities.
We offer a wide selection of configurations and capacities and are designed to treat thousands of gallons per day. BioSAFE’s Effluent Decon Systems can be sized for any facility from a single laboratory room to a large multi-user facility. We also offer a unique “prion cycle” feature, incorporating our patented Alkaline Hydrolysis technology, for the safe disposal of potentially TSE infected effluent.
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