Fume hoods, standard in any chemical laboratory, enable researchers, workers, and students to safely work with hazardous and volatile materials. The concept of the fume hood is simple — to ventilate dust, debris, fumes, and other contaminants away from users and out of the laboratory. But while the concept is simple, the number of different types of fume hoods available can complicate choices.
The health and safety of laboratory users is one of your main concerns when choosing fume hoods. In order to ensure that contaminants in the operator’s breathing area remains at a safe threshold, the right types of hoods must be chosen for the intended application. In addition, hoods must be properly installed and regularly maintained to ensure they are properly working and satisfying ventilation requirements.