Date: Sat, 7 Jul 2007 12:53:43 -0500
Reply-To: Harry Elston <helston**At_Symbol_Here**FGI.NET>
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From: Harry Elston <helston**At_Symbol_Here**FGI.NET>
Subject: Re: Ductless Fume Hood - need information
In-Reply-To: <bfd.14d2093f.33c04e44**At_Symbol_Here**>

Generally speaking, Melissa, I am not a big fan of "ductless hoods"
primarily for the reason that Jim Kaufman mentions in his post,
"...when used properly."

Ductless hoods rely on filtration technology to remove contaminants
that are generated in the hood, be they an acid vapor, solvent vapors
or particulate.

The problem that I've run into the most regarding ductless technology
is user discipline.  When used in a research environment researchers
tend to focus on research instead of safe use of engineered systems
like hoods.  For example, a researcher will substitute solvents in a
hood without giving a second thought that the absorbing material
(i.e. filter) has a higher affinity for the new solvent than the old,
and therefore release some portion of the previously filtered
material.  If you want a hard-core chemistry example, think
"ion-exchange chromotography."  It's the same principle.

The other problem is going to be who is going to monitor the system
to ensure that the filters are still working?  Will it be you?  Do
you have the right training and technology to do that?  What will be
the filtration change-out schedule?  How do you know that whatever
you pick will be safe and effective?  Are you going to perform
periodic air monitoring to ensure that the filters are still working?

Jim Kaufman is absolutely correct that ductless technology can be a
good substitute for ducted hoods with the all important caveat - when
used properly.  Ducted hoods, when working correctly are much more
"chemist-proof" and generally speaking provide fewer headaches
(figuratively and literally) for the user or supervisor.


>         -------------------------------------------------------------------
>In a message dated 7/6/2007 3:39:20 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
>melissa**At_Symbol_Here** writes:
>I have been asked to look into using a portable,  ductless fume hood, and a
>ductless chemical storage cabinet for the chem lab.
>Do you have any  experience with ductless systems?  If so, please share your
>opinions,  suggestions on which ones to get or not get, etc. Which filters
>should we  buy?  Do we really need a filter for organic materials?
>Do you know how  often the filters would need to be replaced?
>The ductless fume  hood is for regular chemistry classroom use.  The chemical
>storage  cabinet will be in a room separate from the classroom and will hold
>chemicals  for chem., bio, and other science classes.
>If you need more clarifying information, please  ask.
>Thank you in  advance for helping out with this decision making  process.
>Melissa  Getz
>_Melissa**At_Symbol_Here**melgetz.com_ (mailto:Melissa**At_Symbol_Here**
>         -----------------------------------------------------------------
>James A. Kaufman,  Ph.D.
>Laboratory Safety Institute  (LSI)
>Safety in Science and Science Education
>192  Worcester Road, Natick, MA 01760
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>Email: jimkaufman**At_Symbol_Here**
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Harry J. Elston, Ph.D., CIH
Principal - Midwest Chemical Safety

Editor, Chemical Health & Safety

"When a committee is in charge, no one is in charge."
	Elston's management axiom #3

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