Date: Wed, 12 Jul 2006 13:54:52 -0700
Reply-To: Debra Decker <dmdecker**At_Symbol_Here**UCDAVIS.EDU>
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From: Debra Decker <dmdecker**At_Symbol_Here**UCDAVIS.EDU>
Subject: Re: Fume Hood airfoils
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Sheila: Since California recently promulgated new fume hood regulations, it is now a requirement that all fume hood users be trained in how to use a fume hood, how to read the monitor (another part of the new regulations requires all hoods to have a visible alarm), how to find out when the hood was last certified. To be honest, I'm not quite sure how we'll be rolling out this training. I have a training scheduled with one of my departments next month so I'll probably start with them to fine tune whatever I develop. To say it's a huge job is to put it mildly . To partially answer your questions - I did not received any formal fume hood use training when I was a lab rat. It wasn't until I became a health and safety nerd that I learned about fume hood operation and proper use technique. People seem to be well-trained on how to use a biosafety cabinet but not fume hoods. In California, I guess they will be eventually. Debbie ------------------ Debbie M. Decker, Campus Chemical Hygiene Officer Environmental Health and Safety University of California, Davis 1 Shields Ave. Davis, CA 95616 (530)754-7964/(530)752-4527 (FAX) dmdecker**At_Symbol_Here** Co-Conspirator to Make the World A Better Place -- Visit and join the conspiracy -----Original Message----- From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU] On Behalf Of List Moderator Sent: Wednesday, July 12, 2006 12:04 PM To: DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU Subject: [DCHAS-L] Fume Hood airfoils From: Sheila Kennedy Date: July 12, 2006 2:51:33 PM EDT Subject: Fume Hood airfoils OK, everyone (responding on the list) agrees the lab workers are ignorant of - fume hood design - fume hood operation - optimal conditions and interferences - gas cylinder safety. My questions for the list are: - how many of the respondents received ANY formal training in any of these topics? - when/how did they learn these systems? - what is your institution doing to educate undergraduate or graduate students on these topics? - are we going to let another generation of chemists rely on informal, "by the way, you should probably know..." training for this BASIC knowledge? I'm not just letting off steam here. I really do want to hear what other institutions are doing. I am very interested in the informal training noted above; I suspect that it doesn't reach enough people, although it may work very well for those it does reach. Sheila M. Kennedy, CHO Safety Coordinator Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry University of California, San Diego 9500 Gilman Dr. #0303 La Jolla, CA 92093-0303 (858) 534-0221

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