Pittcon Short Course: Ventilated Lab Hood Selection and Implementation

Confident young scientist in laboratory

Date: Monday, March 18, 2019
Location: Room SC034 at Pittcon 2019


1PM to 5PM

You likely know that fume hoods are laboratory ventilated enclosures, but did you know that not all laboratory ventilated enclosures are fume hoods? After attending this course, you will be able to recognize the differences. Using actual laboratory installations and selection examples, this course will introduce the fundamentals of airflow and containment design found in modern laboratory ventilated enclosures. Learn how to use everyday risk assessments in determining the correct hood (or enclosure) for your work. 

You will learn about fumehoods, ductless hoods, biosafety cabinets, balance enclosures, glove boxes and how they all affect the airflow and personnel protection in your lab. 



Nathan Richardson and David Wasescha

Fume Hood Product Manager Beth Mankameyer Biosafety Cabinet Product Manager Dave Wasescha

Target Audience: 

Since fume hoods or some type of ventilated enclosure are found in just about every lab, this course will appeal to anyone involved in laboratory work, operation or performance. Individuals who have responsibility for equipment selection, purchasing, or laboratory safety will find this course especially useful. 

Course Outline: 

1. Assessing Risk
  • a. Developing the Team
  • b. Internal Risks (safety)
  • c. External Risks (security)
2. Managing Resource Inventory
  • a. Infrastructure
  • b. Lab Personnel
  • c. Primary Budget
  • d. Operational Budget
3. Working with Chemical Hazards
  • a. General Chemistry
  • b. Digestive Chemistry
  • c. Radioactive Material Handling
4. Working with Hazardous Powders
  • a. Pharmaceutical Grade
  • b. Environmental / Material