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Fume Hood Certification

In the biopharmaceutical research industry, fume hoods play a critical role in protecting laboratory works, researchers, and the laboratory environment from hazardous fumes, vapors, and particles.  To verify the effectiveness of these safety devices, fume hood certification is required to provide safety, compliance, and optimal performance.  As an ISO 17025 certified company, the team at GL technologies works with biopharmaceutical and related industries to provide fume hood certification to make sure the system is working properly and both employees and the surrounding environment are safe.  As experts in the industry, organization's of all sizes rely on the professionals at GL Technologies to keep their organizations compliant, the research accurate, and the employees safe.

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Why Fume Hood Certification Matters

Safety of Personnel and the Environment

Fume hoods act as a line of defense against exposure to hazardous substances.  These substances can include VOCs (volatile organic compounds), tox chemicals, biohazards, or radioactive materials that are commonly found in biopharmaceutical labs.  With fume hood certification, organizations can verify that the devices are functioning properly and maintaining the required levels of containment and minimizing the risk of exposure to harmful agents for lab personnel and the environment.

Regulatory Compliance

Because the biopharm industry has to meet and maintain strict regulations and guidelines set forth by the FDA, fume hoods are considered engineering controls that contribue to compliance with these regulations.  Regular certification of fume hoods helps organizations demonstrate their commitment to following industry requirements, thereby avoiding penalties and legal issues.

Performance and Efficiency

Fume hoods are complex systems that require regular maintenance and calibration so they are working at the top performance required.  Certification involves a thorough evaluation of various factors including airflow velocity, containment efficiency, face velocity, and alarm systems.  By certifying fume hoods, organization's can identify any issues or inefficiencies quickly and take corrective measures.  This verifies that the fume hoods operate at their peak performance and maintain the required airflow and containment levels while minimizing energy consumption.

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The Fume Hood Certification Process

Fume hood certification involves a comprehensive series of tests which include the following:

Airflow Velocity Measurement

An important parameter that is tested is the airflow velocity within the fume hood.  The measurement of airlfow velocity is important as it directly affects the containment of hazardous substances.  By using instruments such as anemoeters, the GL technicians will measure and analyze the airflow velocity at different points within the fume hood.  This evaluation verifies that the fume hood maintains the required air velocity to effectively capture and exhaust harmful fumes, guaranteeing a secuire working environment for lab workers and minimizing exposure risks.  

Containment Testing

A vital component of this process is containment testing, which focuses on evaluating the hood's ability to contain hazardous fumes and protect researchers and lab workers.  During containment testing, various parameters are examined including face velocity, airflow patterns, and leakage to verify compliance with safety standards.  By conducting containment testing, lab personnel can confidently rely on certified fume hoods, creating a secure and controlled working environment that minimizes exposure to hazardous substances.

Alarm and Safety System Check

The technicians at GL Technologies will inspect the fume hood's alarm systems, verifying that they are in proper working condition and capable of detecting hazardous fumes or excessive airflow fluctuations.  We assess the performance of safety features such as sash position indicators, emergency shutdown mechanisms, and airflow monitors.  Tests are conducted to verify that the fume hood meets industry standards and guidelines including smoke tests to evaluate the hood's containment capabilities.  This certification process guarantees that the fume hood operates properly and minimizes the risk of exposure to hazardous substances.  

Documentation and Compliance

The documentation process includes a series of steps, starting with the initial assessment of the fume hood's installation and functionality.  This is followed by testing and inspection to verify its performance including airflow velocity, containment efficiency, and alarm functionality.  All measurements and observations are recorded, along with any necessary repairs or adjustments.  This documentation process concludes with the issuance of a certification report that outlines the fume hood's compliance with established safety standards, providing lab personnel with confidence in its reliable operation and protection against hazardous fumes.

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