Ralph, you hit it on the head.
My thoughts on this are that labs that are using the under hood cabinets for flammable storage are storing relatively small amounts (relative to full size storage cabinets, which I would not vent) and in many cases are storing secondary containers of various shapes, sizes, and seals. Not to mention, due to ease in access, researchers tend to store everything under the sun in the cabinets.
From an exposure standpoint, I would rather them be vented and in most cases, due to cost, they are not going to be vented directly to the outside per NFPA 30, but vented behind the hood baffles with the little inexpensive vent kits that manufacturers provide.
Insofar as the stakeholders, every research I have ever asked wants them vented so that they don't stink.
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>I have seen similarly inconsistent approaches to this question from project to project even within the same institution with a single design standard.
>In my mind, it's a classic capital costs vs. operating costs question, as installing compliant vents for a flammable cabinet requires the expense and time of finding a protected route to the building's exhaust point. On the other hand, skipping the venting means that inventory control of the contents of the cabinet becomes very important to protect the quality of the stored chemicals and the exposure of the lab workers to unpredictable chemical emissions. So I think that the outcome of this discussion, as with so many lab design questions, will depend on the project budget and the relative priorities of the stakeholders in the design process.
>Ralph Stuart, CIH, CCHO
>Environmental Safety Manager
>Keene State College
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