You Need a Fume Hood...Now What?

Lab Manager has compiled the responses of 274 lab professionals regarding the operation and maintenance of their fume hoods. Continue reading to find out what those responses were.

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As part of our online Lab Products Survey series, Lab Manager has compiled the responses of 274 lab professionals regarding the operation and maintenance of their fume hoods and, if they are thinking of purchasing a new fume hood, what they consider in their decision-making process.

The purpose of a fume hood is to contain contaminants and prevent their escape into the laboratory. This is accomplished by drawing contaminants within the hood’s work area away from the user, so that inhalation and contact are minimized.

Purchasing the correct fume hood for your laboratory is a very important, long-term decision and your choice in lab ventilation systems will affect future lab planning, flexibility and safety.

There are four main questions you should ask before proceeding with a fume hood purchase:

  1. What level of protection will the lab worker require?
  2. What is the face velocity needed for the experiment?
  3. What materials are going to be used under the hood?
  4. How much space is available in the lab for the fume hood?

For more information on fume hoods, please visit www.labmanager.com/fume-hoods

If you would like to participate in our laboratory equipment purchasing surveys, please visit www.labmanager.com/surveys

Number of fume hoods being used in labs.

Types of fume hoods being used.

The primary purpose for these fume hoods.

Satisfaction with fume hoods being used.

Related fume hood components used in the lab.

Annual fume hood consumable purchasing budget for items such as filters.

Purchasing plans for a new fume hood.

Reasons for purchasing a new fume hood.

Budget range for new fume hood purchase.

Factors/features that influence the decision-making process when buying a fume hood.

Respondents’ fields of work.

If you would like to participate in our laboratory equipment purchasing surveys, please visit www.labmanager.com/surveys

 

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