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Fume Hoods and Biological Containment Cabinets

Fume Hoods are a primary engineering control used in chemical laboratories to provide personnel protection from chemical exposure. According to the Canadian Standards Association (CSA Standard Z316.5-04) fume hoods should be performance tested at least once per year. Some of these tests include:


Air Flow Measurement

  • Face velocity
  • Duct traverse
  • Smoke patterns

 

Physical Characteristics

  • Damper/baffle operations
  • Sash operation
  • Drain operation
  • Stability


Commissioning

  • Electrical safety
  • Lighting
  • Noise
  • Vibration
  • Chemical Evaluation


ALL-TECH can take care of your fume hood annual field testing to keep your equipment properly operating and protecting your staff. Our testing protocol meets and exceeds the CSA standard recommended field tests. All testing is performed with state of the art, calibrated, testing equipment, and after testing certification labels will be applied to the laboratory fume hoods with the corresponding face velocities listed on the labels. You will also be supplied with a detailed technical report.


Biological Containment Cabinets

ALL-TECH can also provide on- site field testing of biological containment cabinets (BCC), clean benches, and laminar flow hoods. BCC are a complex engineering control device used to provide three types of protection during work with microorganisms, viruses, and bacteria. The three types are personnel protection (protecting the operator), product protection (protecting the item worked on from cross contamination), and environmental protection (keeping everything properly filtered and inside the cabinet). Clean benches are a similar type of equipment as a BCC, but it provides product protection only. Manufacturers recommend that clean benches are annually field tested as well.


The worldwide testing standard authority for biological containment cabinets is The National Sanitation Foundation (www.nsf.org). This organization as well as BCC manufacturers recommends that BCC be performance tested and adjusted at least once per year by a qualified field certifier.


Let ALL-TECH take care of your biological containment cabinet annual field testing to keep your equipment properly operating and protecting your staff. All testing is performed with state of the art, calibrated, testing equipment, and after testing certification labels will be applied to the cabinets, as well as submittal of a detailed testing report. Learn more about our services by contacting our offices.


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