We experienced this in our Chemistry Department; however, we believed it to be from vacuum pumps and the likely culprit were those pumps that had hard connections to their exhaust duct. A better setup is to insert the vacuum pump hose into the duct and let room air flush the duct out continuously. Hard connections are frequently made unintentionally when some tries to figure out how to keep the hose from falling out of the duct and then duct tapes over the whole thing or similar. This was particularly noteable in our labs with a high glove box density.
Hope that helps.
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On Oct 12, 2017, at 4:46 PM, Elizabeth Brubaker <ebrubaker**At_Symbol_Here**MURRAYSTATE.EDU> wrote:
--- For more information about the DCHAS-L e-mail list, contact the Divisional secretary at secretary**At_Symbol_Here**dchas.org Follow us on Twitter **At_Symbol_Here**acsdchasHas anyone experienced accumulation of oil (perhaps mineral oil from a heated oil bath?) in fume hood duct work? Is this reasonable or even possible? Could a sufficient amount remain in the system for it to condense out in the ducts when the exhaust fans were turned off for an extended period?--- For more information about the DCHAS-L e-mail list, contact the Divisional secretary at secretary**At_Symbol_Here**dchas.org Follow us on Twitter **At_Symbol_Here**acsdchas
Beth BrubakerLaboratory/Safety/Waste CoordinatorMurray State University Department of Chemistry2226 Jesse D. Jones HallMurray, KY 42071-3300(270) 809-6390
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