Date: Thu, 13 Jul 2006 06:39:25 -0700
Reply-To: Jim Kapin <jkapin**At_Symbol_Here**COX.NET>
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From: Jim Kapin <jkapin**At_Symbol_Here**COX.NET>
Subject: Re: Fume Hood airfoils (CA fume hoods regs)
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Hi Debbie,

Do you know what the status of the changes to 5154.1 is?   Last time I
looked it was still in front of the standards board.  Any idea when it will
be adopted?  


James Kapin, MPH, CIH
Advanced Chemical Safety
858-874-5577, cell 619-990-5955

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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 M. Decker, Campus Chemical Hygiene Officer
Environmental Health and Safety
University of California, Davis
1 Shields Ave.
Davis, CA  95616
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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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