I2SL Workshop: Smart Labs Leadership and Management

This two-day training course is intended for people responsible for providing safe, energy-efficient, and sustainable laboratory environments. Fume hoods and lab heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are critical to providing safe and productive lab environments while also being the primary consumer of energy in laboratory buildings. As these systems become more complex or age over time, major issues can arise with safety and continued energy efficiency.

This I2SL course will provide information to help facility directors, managers, and key stakeholders implement a Smart Labs Ventilation Management Program that will help ensure efficient and effective performance for the life cycle of the systems. The Smart Labs Ventilation Management Program is a systematic, risk-based, demand-driven approach that helps support scientific innovation by ensuring safer, more efficient, and more sustainable lab environments.

The benefits of a comprehensive Smart Labs Ventilation Management Program include:

  • Better control of laboratory environments
  • Lower risk through better protection of lab personnel
  • Reductions in energy use that could approach 50%
  • Reductions in maintenance and operating costs
  • Addressing and diminishing deferred maintenance, and
  • Enhancing sustainability to better protect the return on investment.

The training begins with a short program specifically for senior lab management about understanding the value of smart labs and training for their staff and stakeholders.


Day 1: Thursday, October 19, 2017

  • Module 1 - Leading Smart Labs
    8:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
  • Module 2 Managing Smart Labs
    1:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Day 2: Friday, October 20, 2017

  • Module 2 (continued) Managing Smart Labs
    8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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Attendees that complete Module 1 will receive the Smart Labs Leader Certificate.

Attendees that complete Modules 1 and 2 will receive both the Smart Labs Leader Certificate and Smart Labs Manager Certificate.



Thomas Smith is the president of Exposure Control Technologies, Inc. Mr. Smith is a leader in laboratory safety and energy management. He specializes in helping laboratories provide safe, dependable, and energy-efficient operation of laboratory hoods and ventilation systems. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from North Carolina State University and a Master of Science degree in environmental engineering from the University of North Carolina.

Mr. Smith is active in developing national and international standards for laboratory ventilation and serves as Chairman of ASHRAE TC9.10 Laboratory Systems and Vice Chairman of ANSI/ASHRAE 110 Fume Hood Testing. He is also a member of ANSI/AIHA Z9 Standards for Ventilation and Health.
Since 1985, Mr. Smith has participated in hundreds of laboratory ventilation projects and evaluated thousands of laboratory hood systems. His work has improved the safety of laboratory environments and saved millions of dollars in energy costs. He currently provides technical consultation to numerous Fortune 100 companies, top research universities, and government agencies on the forefront of environmental safety and energy conservation.

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