Assessing Laboratory Ventilation for Users

Robert Klein, Coastal Safety, LLC and Yale School of Medicine

Assessing and modifying the operations of an occupied laboratory building presents special challenges. Assessment methods must be designed to be as unobtrusive as possible and provide meaningful results for both building operators and building occupants. This presentation will present a case study of one such assessment and describe some of the Lessons Learned in this process.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify key standards associated with laboratory ventilation operation and which stakeholders they address
  • Understand methods for assessing laboratory ventilation patterns in existing laboratories
  • Identify the information provided by the assessment methods and what questions they do not address
  • Communicate with lab occupants about the results of the laboratory ventilation assessment and the impact of these findings on laboratory operations


Robert (Rob) Klein is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) with over 30 years of experience in the allied environmental, health, and safety (EH&S) fields. He received his M.S. in Occupational and Environmental Health from City University of New York. Most of his professional career has been with R&D, educational, and healthcare facilities. Rob is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences, and has published numerous applied EH&S studies.


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