Chemical Fume Hoods

General Information

For general information on chemical fume hoods see the UI Chemical Hygiene Plan, Section 9.0 Facility and Equipment Safety.

Questions about this topic can be directed here. 

Hood Airflow Performance Checks

Environmental Health & Safety checks airflow performance of all campus fume hoods and subsequently issues reports on the status of the fume hoods in each UI building. EHS also rechecks airflow performance after Facilities Management (FM) operations and maintenance personnel have completed work request.

Mechanical Malfunction or Repair Requests

The unit using the hood should directly contact the FM Work Control Center (335-5071) for problems or repair requests related to mechanical aspects of the hood such as alarms, monitors and controllers, or when the hood appears to not be operating correctly. After FM completes the work request, FM notifies EHS to recheck the hood airflow.

Fume Hood Maintenance List

Environmental Health & Safety checks airflow performance of all campus fume hoods annually. If a fume hood needs adjustment, EHS submits a work request to FM Work Control Center (WCC). Maintenance should contact EHS after adjustments or repairs are completed. EHS then rechecks airflow performance. Most hoods are successfully adjusted after one attempt. Occasionally, further maintenance is needed. Once notified, EHS rechecks hood performance after additional maintenance is completed.

The list below shows only those fume hoods that required adjustments. The table will be updated as information becomes available. Repaired hoods will remain on the list for approximately one month after the final retest is completed.

Table Key: FM Request, 2nd Request, etc.
           Date EHS submitted work request to FM WCC.
Table Key: Results
           Failed- Airflow was below EHS target of 100-120 fpm. Do not use until repaired.                                             
           Restricted- Airflow is outside EHS target parameters. May be used for minimal hazard materials.

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Training

Chemical Fume Hoods - W485CM

  • EHS training course is recommended initially and annually for the indicated audience.
  • Audience: Individuals who handle chemicals in a research lab or other work area and use a chemical fume hood to limit exposure to hazardous chemical vapors, gases, fumes, aerosols or other particles.

For further training and registration information, go to EHS Safety Training.

Resources

UI Chemical Hygiene Plan, Section 9.0 Facility and Equipment Safety