Chemical Fume Hoods in Higher Education Science Laboratories: Electrical, Mechanical and Human Controls

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This paper is predicated on the realization that a chemical hood is only one element of laboratory safety which encompasses a variety of other elements starting with the architectural design and layout of laboratories; through the installation, operation and maintenance of integrated electrical and mechanical systems; to the safety-mindedness of the individuals performing the work in these hoods and the impact of fume hoods on indoor air quality. Personal safety must be the overriding consideration at each fume hood and must dictate appropriate design, installation, and operational protocols. The compilation and promulgation of such criteria are the principal objectives of this paper which is based on a review of the existing Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia Design Criteria. When implemented these electrical, mechanical, and human control guidelines should promote the continued safety of students, faculty members, and staff members who design, operate, and maintain chemical fume hoods in the academy in general and in the Regent's System in particular. Topics covered include: historical perspective, recent fume hood application trends, fume hood manufacturers and laboratory furniture manufactures, general and specific recommendations, observations and additional suggestions, and conclusions. Contains 8 endnotes and 23 references.
Casey, John M.
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