Fume Hood

The Office of Environmental Health and Safety, Risk Management and Sustainability (EHS RMS) is committed to ensure fume hoods comply with existing regulations, and that specific measures be taken to ensure proper and adequate performance of all protective equipment.

Fume hoods or glove boxes shall be used:

  • When handling hazardous chemicals which are volatile.
  • When procedures involve manipulations that may result in the generation of an aerosol or airborne dust.
  • With any manipulation, handling, or reaction that may result in the uncontrollable release of the substance.

Equipment Use and Maintenance 1


All laboratory type fume hood users must read and review the Laboratory Type Fume Hood - User Guide prior to any use of a fume hood.

Annually laboratory type fume hoods are tested by EHS RMS staff and/or student interns, to ensure the units are in working order.

If it appears that a laboratory fume hood is not working, or stops working while in use:

  • Stop work in the hood immediately.
  • Close the sash to the fume hood, if there is no immediate risk of exposure.
  • If any potential for fire or explosion is suspect call 911 (on campus phones) or 278-8400 (from a cell phone) for emergency services.
  • Contact EHS RMS at 278-7422 or 278-6910 for:
    • Submission of work requests 1, which you may do yourself by clicking here. When leaving a message, please indicate if you have submitted a work request for service.

1Following any repairs on the fume hood, or addition of large equipment into the fume hood cabinet, EHS RMS is required by OSHA to re-evaluate the fume hood to ensure adequate protection.