Safe Science: Lab Ventilation and Safety!

Posted: Dec. 4, 2019 

Given the potential production of toxins, flammables, corrosives, particulate matter, and other hazards, science laboratories need appropriate engineering controls including ventilation and fume hoods.  Unfortunately, many academic science labs have faulty ventilation, including ventilation which is not operational as designed. In this way, teachers and students are both exposed to hazards and resulting risks to health and safety. Given this critical issue, teacher and their supervisors need to be aware of lab ventilation and if it is operating correctly to meet the needs of laboratory work with hazardous biologicals, chemicals and physical hazards.

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