Safety Tipsheets


The ACS Committee on Chemical Safety (CCS) is publishing a series of short, topical guides to help those who work in laboratories better understand the general aspects of laboratory and chemical safety. These documents are intended to provide basic guidelines for best laboratory practices, including risk management and accident prevention. 

 

The Basics of Laboratory Ventilation

4 photos of ventilation equipment and laboratory hood components

Ventilation is  necessary to minimize chemical exposure risks for people working in laboratories. To protect yourself effectively against airborne contaminants such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), it is essential for you to understand the basics of laboratory ventilation.

Laboratory Ventilation Terms & Definitions

illustration of a biosafety fume hood

As a laboratory worker, knowing laboratory ventilation terms & understanding the role of mechanical, electrical, & electronic control systems will enable you to recognize the limitations of the ventilation system, spot operational issues, & provide valuable feedback that is critical for those who maintain the system. 

 

 

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The information communicated in these documents have been compiled by recognized authorities from sources believed to be reliable and to represent the best opinions on the subject. These documents do not purport to specify minimal legal standards or to represent the policy of the American Chemical Society (ACS). No warranty, guarantee, or representation is made by the ACS as to the accuracy or sufficiency of the information contained herein, and the Society assumes no responsibility in connection therewith. These documents are intended to provide basic guidelines for best laboratory practices, including risk management and accident prevention. Therefore, it cannot be assumed that all necessary warning and precautionary measures are contained in these documents and that other or additional information or measures may not be required. Users of this guidance should consult pertinent local, state, and federal laws and legal counsel prior to initiating any risk assessment or accident-prevention program. Registered names and trademarks, etc., used in this publication, even without specific indication thereof, are not to be considered unprotected by laws.