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Irvine Fume Hood Certification

Specializing in fume hood certification for biopharmaceutical and pharmaceutical organizations throughout the Irvine region, GL Technologies has extensive experience working with clients with laboratory equipment calibration and certification services. One important spect of laboratory safety is the proper functioning and certification of fume hoods. These pieces of equipment play an important role in protecting laboratory personnel and maintaining the integrity of sensitive experiments. Our goal is to help our clients protect their employees along with keeping them compliant with strict regulatory standards.

To speak with the experts about your certification needs, please fill out our online form or give us a call!


What is a Fume Hood?

A fume hood, also known as a fume cupboard or fume cabinet, is a ventilation device designed to limit exposure to hazardous or toxic fumes, vapors, or dusts. It consists of an enclosed workspace with an exhaust system that draws air away from the user and safely expels it outside the laboratory or through filtration systems.

Importance of Fume Hood Certification

Safety Compliance

Biopharma laboratories deal with various hazardous substances, including volatile chemicals and biological agents. Fume hood certification verifies that these hoods are effectively containing and removing such hazards and protecting laboratory personnel from exposure risks.

Laboratory Efficiency

Properly certified fume hoods operate efficiently, maintaining consistent airflow and containment performance. This allows researchers to work without hindrance, maintaining reliable results and minimizing experimental errors.

Compliance with Regulatory Standards

Biopharma laboratories are subject to strict regulations set forth by agencies such as the FDA and EMA. Fume hood certification demonstrates adherence to these regulatory standards, providing assurance to stakeholders and regulatory bodies that safety protocols are in place.

Preservation of Product Integrity

For biopharma and pharma laboratories, the integrity of experiments, samples, and products is of utmost importance. Certified fume hoods prevent contamination and cross-contamination, preserving the purity and reliability of research outcomes and pharmaceutical products.

Protecting the Environment

Effective fume hood certification not only protects laboratory personnel but also prevents the release of harmful substances into the environment. By containing and properly ventilating hazardous materials, certified fume hoods contribute to environmental sustainability and regulatory compliance.

The Certification Process

Initial Inspection

The initial inspection stage of the fume hood certification process is important for verifying the safety and efficiency of laboratory operations. The GL technicians will examine the structural integrity, airflow, and containment capabilities of the fume hood, adhering to established protocols and safety standards. We inspect for any visible signs of damage or wear, evaluating the functionality of the sash and airflow monitors, and verify proper ventilation and exhaust systems. Along with this, calibration checks are performed on airflow meters and alarms to guarantee accurate measurements. Through our comprehensive examination, potential issues are identified and addressed quickly, laying the foundation for a thorough certification process that prioritizes the protection of laboratory personnel and the environment.

Airflow Verification

Central to this process is airflow verification, which our team evaluates the effectiveness of the fume hood in containing and removing hazardous fumes and vapors. Through testing procedures including smoke visualization and tracer gas measurements, the GL-Tec technicians evaluate the airflow patterns within the hood to confirm adequate containment and exhaust. Measurements of face velocity at various points across the sash opening are conducted to validate uniform airflow distribution. By verifying airflow, fume hood certification not only upholds safety protocols but also protects the integrity of experimental procedures and protects laboratory personnel.

Containment Testing

The containment testing phase typically includes various evaluations, including face velocity measurements, tracer gas tests, and smoke visualization techniques, all aimed at evaluating the hood's ability to effectively contain hazardous fumes. Through examination and analysis, the GL Technologies technicians verify compliance with industry standards and regulatory requirements, identifying any potential leaks or deficiencies in containment performance.

Alarm Testing

Alarm testing is an important part of this certification, serving as a vital measure to guarantee the functionality of safety systems within the fume hood. During alarm testing, various parameters such as airflow velocity, face velocity, and containment are assessed to meet compliance with industry standards and regulations. Alarm systems are evaluated to understand their responsiveness to critical situations such as airflow disruptions or hazardous material leaks which protects laboratory personnel and prevents potential accidents.


Upon completion, comprehensive records of routine inspections, maintenance schedules, and any necessary repairs or modifications must be maintained. Calibration records for instruments measuring airflow velocity and containment efficiency will be documented. Any deviations from established safety standards or incidents will be documented promptly, along with the corrective actions taken. The documentation will not only meet adherence to safety protocols but also facilitate traceability and accountability, helping your organization create a culture of safety and compliance within the lab environments.

Key Articles and Education

The Role of Fume Hood Certification in Biopharma Laboratories

Biopharmaceutical laboratories play an important role in advancing medical science by developing innovative drugs, vaccines, and therapies. Within these labs, strict safety measures are important to protect both researchers and the environment. Among the various safety equipment used, fume hoods stand as an essential component. Their certification and regular maintenance are crucial to maintain a safe working environment conducive to high-quality research and development.

Fume Hood Certification Best Practices in BioPharma

In the bustling world of BioPharma, where innovation and discovery are at the forefront, ensuring the safety of laboratory personnel and maintaining regulatory compliance are paramount. Among the myriad of safety measures in place, fume hoods stand out as a critical component for protecting researchers from hazardous substances. These enclosed workspaces help to contain and remove harmful fumes, vapors, and dust, safeguarding both the environment and the individuals working within it. However, to ensure their effectiveness, proper certification and maintenance of fume hoods are essential. In this blog, we delve into the best practices for fume hood certification within the BioPharma industry.

Innovations in Fume Hood Technology for Pharmaceutical Industries

Pharmaceutical industries operate within a fine balance of innovation and safety. As advancements in pharmaceutical research and production continue to accelerate, so must the technologies that maintain the safety of workers and the integrity of the products being developed. One important aspect of this safety infrastructure is fume hood technology. Fume hoods play a vital role in protecting laboratory personnel from harmful fumes, vapors, and particulates, protecting both human health and the quality of pharmaceutical compounds. In recent years, significant innovations have emerged in fume hood design and functionality, offering improved performance, efficiency, and versatility to meet the evolving needs of the pharmaceutical industry.

Benefits of Certified Fume Hoods


By creating a controlled airflow system that captures and expels harmful substances away from the workspace, they significantly reduce the risk of exposure to toxic or volatile chemicals, promoting a secure and healthy laboratory atmosphere for researchers and technicians alike.


By investing in certified fume hoods, laboratories and industrial facilities can mitigate risks associated with exposure to toxic substances, protect the health and safety of personnel, and adhere to legal requirements and industry standards.


With a certified fume hood, researchers and technicians can conduct experiments and handle chemicals with peace of mind, knowing that the equipment reliably maintains containment, mitigating risks of exposure and accidents. This reliability not only enhances safety protocols but also fosters a conducive environment for precise scientific work, ultimately contributing to the advancement of research and innovation.

GL Technologies Capabilities

As a full-service company specializing in equipment calibration, repair, and certification services for biopharmaceutical, pharmaceutical, and medical device industries. Our team has extensive experience working with sPRT calibrations along with CMMS software, HPLC OQ validation, and fume hood certifications. Companies of all sizes rely on our team to implement, maintain, and keep their research and manufacturing processes compliant with regulatory standards. Other specialties include building maintenance systems, and mass spectrometry calibrations. We also help Irvine companies with IQ OQ PQ services and HPLC calibration and repair and building maintenance systems.

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