Open Journal of Safety Science and Technology

Volume 7, Issue 1 (March 2017)

ISSN Print: 2162-5999   ISSN Online: 2162-6006

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Maintenance and Testing of Fume Cupboard

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Scientists at universities across Iraq are actively working to report actual incidents and accidents occurring in their laboratories, as well as structural improvements made to improve safety and security, to raise awareness and encourage openness, leading to widespread adoption of robust Chemical Safety and Security (CSS) practices. This manuscript highlights the importance of periodic maintenance on fume cupboards, and is the fourth in a series of five case studies describing laboratory incidents, accidents, and laboratory improvements. In this study, we describe a situation in which the ventilation capacity of the fume cupboard in the undergraduate chemistry laboratories at Al-Nahrain University had decreased to an unacceptable level. The CSS Committee investigated and found the ducting system had been blocked by plastic sheets and dead birds. All the ducts have since been cleaned, and four extra ventilation fans have been installed to further increase ventilation capacity. By openly sharing what happened along with the lessons learned from the accident, we hope to minimize the possibility of another researcher being injured in a similar incident in the future.

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Hussein, F. , Al-Dahhan, W. , Al-Zuhairi, A. , Rodda, K. and Yousif, E. (2017) Maintenance and Testing of Fume Cupboard. Open Journal of Safety Science and Technology, 7, 69-75. doi: 10.4236/ojsst.2017.71006.

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