Codes and Standards
California Code of Regulations http://www.dir.ca.gov/title8/5154_1.html
OSHA Federal Regulations (29 CFR 1910.1450) Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories
The National Fire Protection (NFPA) has issued Standard 45 on Fire Protection for Laboratories Using Chemicals. This standard is currently being reviewed. Copies may be purchased at this web site
Installation and Testing
If you wish to have your monitor installed and tested by qualified contractors, visit the Controlled Environment Testing Association (CETA). Their members page (search by state) has listings of local HVAC contractors who are familiar with fume hood operations.
The NEBB (National Environmental Balancing Bureau) has issued Procedural Standards for Fume Hood Testing, available for sale at their web site. A draft copy may be downloaded from here; note that the draft is presented here for information purposes only and should not be used as standard.
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Safe Practices with Laboratory Fume Hoods
Many of you may have seen Lab Manager magazine in your in boxes. An article on fume hood safety was recently published that is well worth the read. The article on Safe fume hoods may be found here.
Many institutions encourage laboratory workers to view videos that demonstrate good fume hood practices. Naturally the Web is a good place to learn as well. For further information, check out the links below. (These are intended for information purposes only).
Click on this link to view an animated fume hood safety video on YouTube, part of a laboratory safety project by Dartmouth College & The National Institute of Health “Chemical Fume Hood: How it Works to Protect You”
The people at Interactive Learning Paradigms, Inc. have developed a comprehensive page on fume hood safety that may be found by clicking here.
The American Chemical Society is offering courses on laboratory safety, including the effective use and performance of laboratory chemical hoods and local exhaust systems. More information may be found by going to the ACS Short Course web site.
St. Petersburg College in Florida has a common sense approach to fume hood safety, posted here.
Another excellent guide is offered by the University of Mississippi Department of Health and Safety.
Northwestern University has posted their Chemical Fume Hood Handbook. It is a good resource to read on the fundamentals of safe fume hood management.