In chemical synthetic research, our default is an 8 foot fume hood that two researchers would share. In organic teaching laboratories, those are 6 foot fume hoods and two students share. They use micro-scale reactions, for the most part, so it's a bit easier to have two students share.
There isn't a requirement, necessarily, for fume hood space. California Fire Code requires 50 sq ft of (floor) space per student in higher ed teaching laboratories. To my knowledge, there isn't a similar requirement for research labs.
Hope this helps,
Debbie M. Decker, CCHO, ACS Fellow
Chair, Division of Chemical Health and Safety
University of California, Davis
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We are looking for a design requirement for number of fume hood per researcher in chemistry labs. Is sharing of hoods a good idea? In safety point of view, we should provide adequate space for researchers to work but the energy cost will increase based on the number of hoods in lab. Please share if you have or aware of some requirements or good practices on the allocation of hood space in Chemistry labs.
Thanks in advance
Syam Kumar Prabhakaran (Mr) :: Associate Director, Dean's Office, Faculty of Science :: National University of Singapore
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