Date: Wed, 11 Nov 2009 15:31:27 -0600
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Subject: Re: Hood Sash Cables
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Another suggestion - please don't use your bare fingers when running it along the cable. Wear leather gloves (or equivalent) - you'll still feel the broken/frayed wire but just without the blood that may accompany the discovery.

Don A. Long
Southwest Research Institute Laboratory
Pine Bluff Chemical Agent Disposal Facility
PO Box 20130
White Hall, AR  71612

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It would be a good idea to check with your hood manufacturer. Depending on the age, most hoods made in the last 10-15 years (sometimes older) were designed with braking or fail-safe mechanisms that will prevent the "guillotine-effect" in the event of a cable break. The manufacturer should be able to tell you if your hoods have this safety feature.

Also, I have seen that when the pulleys are made of plastic (e.g. nylon, etc.) they can grip the cable and cause it to unwind and rewind as it passes over the pulley, which speeds up wear. It may be a good idea to consider replacing plastic pulleys with steel pulleys.

Stan Lengerich
Eli Lilly and Company

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[DCHAS-L] Hood Sash Cables

We are looking for some ideas on hood sash cables:
We inspect all our hood sash cables quarterly by a visually inspecting the cable and running a finger along the cable to feel for any bumps or frayed wire.  We use 3/32” stainless steel “aircraft grade” cables with a rating of 900 pounds.  We have found wire that has frayed in the middle of the twist and it is not visible without a magnifying glass, and if it were to give away while someone was in the hood, we would have a serious injury.  We are thinking about instituting a change schedule for all the cables. Does anyone have any ideas or comments?    
Does anyone have any information on cable breakage, or has anyone heard of an incident of both sash cables breaking at the same time causing the sash to completely fall?
Does anyone have a policy they would be willing to share?
R.J. Wolcik
Environmental Health and Safety
Strem Chemicals, Inc.
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