For health care and research facililties such as life science research hub, safety is an issue that should not be compromised. Hydrophobic filters are used to minimize the potential contamination of vacuum pumps. Stringent decontamination mechanism must be designed and be approved by the facility safety personnel.

For a vacuum system, the demand on such filter is higher. It has to have very low static losses besides being effective in trapping bacterial or virus, etc. High Static losses as explained earlier are a luxury that few vacuum systems could afford.