Right Flow, Right Place, Right Time: New Tools for Safe and Sustainable Labs

February 1, 2023
1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Eastern Time

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Laboratories and critical workspaces are specially designed, built, and operated to provide safe and productive environments for testing, research, and innovation of new technologies and scientific development. Government, university, and life science laboratory buildings can vary in age, size, design, occupants, application, and functional requirements. The work in these critical spaces often changes over time and may involve a wide range of potentially hazardous activities, resulting in varying levels of risk and ventilation control measures. The traditional approach to laboratory design, operation, and management typically results in buildings that are energy- and resource-intensive and often do not meet the functional requirements of the researchers, which can change over time.

Laboratories have combinations of life safety and operating requirements that make them unique, requiring a clearly defined program to bridge the gap between stakeholder groups that often have different, but not mutually exclusive, goals. A replicable process is essential to improve safety, reduce waste and promote scientific innovation and success in critical environment facilities. The objective is to provide a comprehensive program for design, construction, maintenance, and management of critical environment facilities that enables safe, productive and energy efficient operation for the lifecycle of the building.

Smart Labs, coupled with the new ASSP/ANSI Z9.5-2022 American National Standard for Lab Ventilation, provide proven, nationally supported tools and techniques that enhance occupant safety, reduce waste, and promote scientific innovation and success in critical environment facilities. The Smart Labs program employs a combination of physical, administrative, and management techniques to assess, optimize, and manage high-performance laboratories and critical workspaces. ASSP/ANSI Z9.5 provides program requirements and recommendations to support safe and energy-efficient airflow systems. These programs have been adopted by a growing list of world-class research institutions.

Employing the process during design and construction of new facilities, or when upgrading existing facilities, can yield significant and material benefits including:

  • Safe and productive workspaces that promote recruitment and retention of top scientists
  • Lower operating costs and reduced energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions
  • Reduced degradation, deferred maintenance, and property loss
  • Decreased enterprise risk and greater returns on investment

This presentation will describe how to plan, implement, and manage a building airflow management plan to achieve safe, energy-efficient, and sustainable labs and critical workspaces. This webinar is applicable to anyone with responsibilities for proper design, operation, maintenance, management, and use of HVAC systems for labs and critical workspaces.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize how design, operation, and management of lab ventilation systems affects safety, energy efficiency, and sustainability of labs and critical workspaces;
  • Recognize the importance and benefits of implementing a lab ventilation management plan as required by the ANSI/ASSP Z9.5-2022 American National Standard for Lab Ventilation;
  • Understand how to apply the various tools, techniques, and processes described in the Smart Labs Program to enable compliance with the ANSI/ASSP Z9.5-2022 Standard; and
  • Understand how to implement the Smart Labs Ventilation Management Plan to improve safety, reduce waste, and enhance sustainability for the lifecycle of laboratory facilities.

Instructor Biography

Tom Smith is the President and CEO of 3Flow. Mr. Smith has worked for more than 30 years helping facilities provide safe, efficient and sustainable labs. He holds degrees from NCSU and UNC in Engineering and Industrial Hygiene. He has served on numerous standards committees for ventilation and is a member of the I2SL Board of Directors.


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