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No-No Fume Hood Placement

Beth Mettlach 2014By Beth Mankameyer, Sales Engineer
On Thursday, September 04, 2014
In Articles

Placing the fume hood in an area free from disruption is key to containment. Many times people do not realize that disruptive cross-flow air can defeat the goal of the laminar flow air pattern within the fume hood, and essentially foil containment.

Any quick movement or cross-draft may send a sweeping breeze through the fume hood and into the breathing zone. Placing fume hoods near hallways, doorways, operable windows, a supply or make-up air source, or a heavy foot-traffic area can place the user in harm’s way.

SYMPTOM: Air flow monitor going into alarm intermittently, chemical smells (due to hood not containing)

SOLUTION: Move fume hood to a different location with minimal foot traffic and cross-drafts


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