I’ve used one pound (gas weight) containers of arsine and phosphine in a synthesis research lab. As I recall, these containers were about 10 liters in overall volume and fit nicely in a fume hood.
In regards to the argument that ‘there should be dedicated gas storage hoods whenever toxic gases such as arsine and phosphine are used’, this isn’t practical for university research labs in which the toxic gas may only be used for a relatively short period of time. Putting the small (but larger than a lecture bottle) in the hood makes much more sense that having it outside of the hood. The arsine and phosphine were always transferred using Schlenk line techniques.
Professor of Chemistry
Please excuse me if these questions about cylinders storage in laboratories hoods had been circulating with this group before.
1. Have you been able to use gas cylinders larger than lecture bottle size inside a chemical fume hood?.
2. If larger gas cylinders in chemical fume hoods are used, how exactly have they been used?
3. If you have not used larger gas cylinders in chemical fume hoods, is it only due to NFPA 45 or another reason?
Any thoughts you have will be appreciated. Thank you and Happy Holidays season!
Yung Morgan, MsPH
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