14: Management and Maintenance of Fume Hoods and Other Protective Equipment 

14.1 Monitoring Safety Equipment

Fume hoods must be monitored daily by the user to ensure that air is moving into the hood. Any malfunctions must be reported immediately to the Biology Laboratory Safety Officer, Dr. Ellen Jensen who will arrange repair with the appropriate physical plant personnel. The user must ensure the hood and baffles are not blocked by equipment and bottles, as air velocity through the face may be decreased. The Environmental Health and Safety Office will arrange to measure the average face velocity of each fume hood annually. A record of monitoring results will be made.

Eyewashes must be flushed for five minutes each cycle that a laboratory is in use. A log (see Appendix E) is posted by each eyewash to record the dates of flushing. The faculty or staff member supervising that lab is responsible for the flushing the eyewashes as scheduled. Faculty and student research areas will be flushed by student workers as assigned by the Biology Department Safety Committee. This will ensure that the eyewash is working, and that the water is clean, should emergency use become necessary. The Biology Laboratory Safety Officer should coordinate with Physical Plant (phone number 3306)] to ensure that emergency showers are checked biannually. Fire extinguishers will be checked annually by a College/University contractor. The user is responsible for checking regularly to ensure that other protective equipment is functioning properly. Environmental Health and Safety office can assist with these evaluations, should assistance be necessary.

General laboratory conditions must be monitored periodically by the department safety committee. A generic laboratory audit form is included in Appendix E. The Biology Department Laboratory Safety Officer or the College/University's Chemical Hygiene Officer may also use this form for spot-checks of the laboratories.

14.2 Maintenance

During scheduled maintenance of fume hoods, laboratories must clean out and if necessary, remove all materials from the fume hood and wash surfaces to ensure the safety of maintenance personnel. Chemical use should be restricted until the completion of the maintenance.

14.3 Training

Training in the appropriate use and care of fume hood systems, showers, eyewashes and other safety equipment (described in Section 5) must be included in the initial and update training. A description of all the components of chemical hygiene training is described in Section 15. Employees who feel they need additional training on safety equipment in the Biology laboratory should contact Carol Jansky.

14.4 New Systems

When new ventilation systems or other safety equipment are installed in the Biology department laboratory facilities, specific policies for their use will be developed by the Biology Department Safety Committee. Environmental Health and Safety office will offer assistance where necessary. The department will train employees promptly on use of the new equipment.