Fume Hood Design Workshop Report: Engaging Users to Develop a Fume Hood Specification That Fits Their Needs

June 18, 2015
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Eastern Daylight Time


At the beginning of the 21st century, laboratory design practices emerged that placed new demands on laboratory ventilation systems and, more specifically, fume hood design. Changes in laboratory chemistries and technologies (such as nanoscale work, genetic engineering, and three-dimensional printers), open-plan laboratories, automated ventilation control technologies, and energy cost concerns have all impacted fume hood design and operation. As a result, institutions that host laboratories are reevaluating their expectations for design, performance, testing, and usability criteria for fume hoods to create institutional design recommendations. The goal of these standards is to protect worker safety and health while operating a flexible and sustainable facility.

To support the institutions, the Campus Safety Health and Environmental Management Association (CSHEMA) and I2SL New England Chapter began developing recommendations for selecting, specifying, and designing fume hoods within laboratories. A one-day workshop was held on October 29, 2014, to discuss emerging fume hood design issues and consider what details should be considered as part of these recommendations in order to reflect the changes. During this webinar, Pam Greenley and Greg Muth will review the findings of the workshop in regards to laboratory hood construction and maintainability and hood usability considerations.

The presenters:

  • Summarize the purpose and intent of fume hoods in laboratory design.
  • Explain the differences between high-performance and regular fume hoods and other laboratory exhaust devices.
  • Identify key fume hood usability considerations and explain how they affect fume hood specification and lab design.
  • Discuss how fume hood construction and maintainability considerations have affected fume hood specification and laboratory design.


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Professional Development Hours and Continuing Education Credits

Webinar attendees and those who view the recording can earn one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for professional engineers or one Learning Unit (LU) from the American Institute of Architects for registered architects.

Contact I2SL after the webinar if you would like to receive a credit for your participation.

Instructor Biographies

Pam Greenley has master's degrees in chemical engineering and industrial hygiene from the University of Michigan. She has worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for more than 20 years and has extensive experience in the areas of laboratory ventilation, gas monitoring, semiconductor lab safety, and web-based training. She currently manages the Industrial Hygiene and Environmental Management programs at MIT. She has served on the AIHA's Laboratory Health and Safety and Ethics Committees. She also teaches Laboratory HVAC and Energy Conservation courses for Eagleson Institute. She is a founding member of the I2SL New England Chapter.

Greg Muth of Tsoi/Kobus & Associates is a well-respected leader in the design and planning of sustainable laboratory and research spaces. An enthusiastic and thoughtful problem-solver, he relishes partnerships that engage all participants in the exciting process of discovery. As the founding president of the I2SL New England Chapter, Greg excels in bringing people together to share and explore new ideas.

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