Fume Hood Program
- To minimize
exposure to airborne contaminants created by laboratory
- To ensure
the laboratory fume hoods are operating in accordance
with University requirements.
- To establish
design criteria consistent with professionally recognized
consensus standards and practices to provide the best
level of protection and performance for new laboratory
fume hoods installed at Rutgers University.
fume hoods provide the primary control measure available
in the laboratory to minimize exposure to toxic gases,
vapors, mists, or fumes generated by the manipulation
of chemicals during research activities. REHS measures
fume hood face velocity annually to confirm proper operation,
and notifies Facilities Maintenance of fume hoods with
poor velocity for repair. The laboratory researchers,
REHS, and Facilities must work together to ensure fume
hoods operate and are used properly to provide adequate
protection to the end user. The following summarizes
the responsibilities for each in the Rutgers fume hood
Guidelines for Laboratory Researchers
- Use the
fume hood with the sash as low as possible, at or
below the indicated operating height. The fume hood
is more effectively at the sash operating height and
provides a physical barrier between you and the fume
- Do not
store chemicals or equipment that are not in use within
the fume hood, and do not place these items at the
front edge of the hood or at the rear baffles (openings)
of the hood. These practices can cause turbulence
and a loss of containment within the hood.
- If you
must use large equipment to support your research
activities within a hood, raise the equipment on blocks
at least 2" above the work surface to ensure
a more uniform flow into the hood and to minimize
turbulence produced by this equipment.
- Work at
least 4" in from the hood sash opening, and keep
the sash glass clean and free from visible obstructions.
sudden movements at the face of the hood. Walking
briskly past the hood can disrupt air currents or
create turbulence, pulling vapors out of the hood.
- Do not
use perchloric or hydrofluoric acid inside a fume
hood unless the hood was specifically designed for
its use. Due to the physical properties of these materials,
special fume hoods are required for work with these
- If the
hood is equipped with a flow indicating device (i.e.,
magnehelic gage, audible/visual alarm), confirm the
hood operates properly before use.
report fume hood malfunctions to Facilities Maintenance
for repair. Obey all signs and notices posted on the
hood by the Facilities Maintenance staff that is repairing
the laboratory fume hood requirements for Special
Use Hoods and design specifications whenever new uses
of hoods are anticipated or when renovation requires
the installation of new fume hoods.
Guidelines for Facilities Maintenance
the department administrator and/or lab users when
repairs are planned for fume hoods.
- Do not
remove contents from inside the laboratory fume hood.
If repairs are required inside the laboratory fume
hood, have user remove its contents to provide access
inside the hood.
Management - Tom
Block, or call 848-445-2550
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