Three steps in basic fume hood facility design
When it comes to fume hood facility design, there are two main goals to meet:
- Ensuring that the design of the fume hood facility meets laboratory work goals; and
- Ensuring that the design of the fume hood facility meets all safety requirements.
In order to meet these goals, follow three steps.
Step #1: Determine the facility’s needs. Collect and analyze information related to the facility’s primary needs. Determine how often the laboratory will be used, the functions that will be performed in the laboratory, the chemicals and materials that will be used in the fume hood laboratory, and the levels of hazard and risk. In addition, you’ll also need to determine the mechanical and electrical needs of the laboratory.
Step #2: Meet safety goals. Ensure the correct air exhaust volume by evaluating things like hood location and room air patterns. Fume hood facility design should ensure that hood noise, traffic patterns, and face velocity are at safe levels. Poor consideration can result not only in an unsafe fume hood laboratory, it can also contribute to inefficient laboratories that are expensive to run.
Step #3: Communicate requirements to laboratory architects and engineers. Once laboratory requirements have been determined, pass them to architects and engineers who will incorporate them into the fume hood facility design process.