Fume Hood Use

A fume hood is a ventilated, enclosed work space intended to capture, contain, and exhaust harmful or dangerous fumes, vapors, and particulate matter generated by procedures conducted within the fume hood.

Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) is responsible for the following activities regarding fume hoods:

  • Providing technical support in choosing the proper fume hoods or other engineering controls for working with hazardous substances in research laboratories
  • Approving the use of the following special hazardous substances in a fume hood:
    • Radioactive material
    • Perchloric acid (requires a special fume hood approved by EHS)
  • Certifying the fume hoods and maintaining the certification documentation
  • Writing guidance documents about proper use

Standard Operating Procedures, Guidelines, and Manuals

The following documents may be required for your research operation, depending on what type of research you are performing, the potential hazards you and your staff will be exposed to, and the engineering controls you are implementing.  Some of these documents are in a downloadable “Word” format so that you can print them for your operation as is, or download and modify them to meet your unique needs.  When you click the link it will automatically go to the download file.

Related Documents

Fume Hood Certification

Ductless Fume Hoods

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