The term fume hood used in laboratory nomenclature, is a piece of equipment, a device that contains air (air that usually contains harmful fumes) from spreading outside the device. Fume hood use varies widely depending on the type of procedures being performed in the space, the safety needs of the users, the protection needs of the experiments and specimens in the hood, the physical size of the experiments and the type of fumes to be contained. Fume hood is only one of many terms for such containment devices. Other common terms, some with similar functions to fume hoods, others with widely disparate functions, include: exhaust hoods, canopy hoods, snorkel hoods, fume cupboards, ductless hoods, laminar flow hoods, glove boxes, bio-safety cabinets, explosion hoods, radioisotope hoods, and others.
As you can see, fume hood use varies widely. It is critical that anyone considering fume hood use contact a fume hood expert company to review your objectives, application and process, safety and compliance, and coordination with building plumbing, heating and electrical.
In order for fume hoods to contain and exhaust fumes they must be connected to an exhaust system of ductwork and fan blowers or have a self contained filtration system to contain, clean and exhaust air. Exhaust systems can be dedicated to the fume hood or integrated with the entire building heating and cooling mechanical system. Proper operation and safety of an exhaust fume hood is completely reliant upon the proper design and function of the exhaust system. Fume hoods provide the box to contain the fumes along with accessories like sinks, electrical, gas services, doors, equipment apparatus, monitor alarms to make them functional for lab research.
Since 1949, we have specialized in helping clients design, install and maintain their fume hoods. Understanding your goals and processes is where we like to start. Work flow, applications, energy savings, safety, return on investment, maintenance and ergonomics are criteria we address to help you succeed. Contact one of our fume hood use experts for assistance.
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