I use a low flow hood manufactured by Flow Sciences, http://www.flowsciences.com/brNanotechnology/tabid/66/Default.aspx, for carbon nanotube weighing operations. I ordered the hood with a white base instead of black so operators could see surface contamination more easily. I also use the waste chute feature to capture residual particles from empty bags, weighing tools, outer gloves, surface coverings, and wet wipes. I agree with other posts that operators should be trained to use slow arm movements to avoid overcoming low flow rates.
Michael Ellenbecker and Candace Tsai at UMass Lowell have done several studies on enclosure effectiveness for nanoparticle handling operations.
Cena, Peters (2011)
Betsy Shelton, MSIH
Does anyone have a source on a containment system for safely weighing dry nanomaterial? A chemical hood is usually too turbulent for the accuracy of a Mettler balance. Any thought you have including precaution(s) to take for this type of work would be appreciated.
Thank you and keep up the great work you do.
Yung Morgan, MsPH
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