Most people can understand what goes on inside of a laboratory—however, do they really know what goes on “inside?” This presentation will walk you through what it takes to have a successful laboratory ventilation system. Presented by an architect and engineer, this webinar will help attendees gain knowledge on both aspects of the design process and how they work together to design around the complexities and lessons learned on completed projects.
What defines a successful lab ventilation system?
- A system that maintains a clean, healthy work environment by removing hazardous airborne materials from the lab
- A system that maintains comfortable temperatures
- A system that operates quietly
- A system that is reliable and dependable
- A system that is flexible, with the ability to accommodate lab changes
- A system that is easily maintained by the facility maintenance staff
What does your mechanical engineer need to know and understand about your lab?
- Is the lab required to operate at a biosafety level 1, 2, 3, or 4?
- Does the lab require fume hoods? If so, explain the need for fume hoods and how they are used.
- Is there any equipment that needs exhaust?
- Are there any procedures, not performed in fume hoods, that need exhaust?
- What chemicals are being used and where are they stored?
What do you, the lab manager, need to know and understand about ventilation systems?
- Minimum air change rates in laboratories
- Room pressurization—positive vs negative
- Ventilation vs cooling needs
- Local and national standards, regulations, and codes
How can the lab design facilitate better ventilation results?
- Fume hood location
- Traffic patterns
- Chemical storage
- Equipment location
Who else needs to be involved in your lab design project?
- Facility manager
- Facility maintenance staff
- Environmental health & safety staff