Our Mission

Abbott confined space Boneyard image combinationThe mission of Safety and Compliance is to promote safe and environmentally sound work practices that advance the University's mission and interests by advising and consulting with faculty, staff and students.

Working in Lab Fume Hoods

Employ these best work practices to maximize safety when using a fume hood.

  • Verify Functionality:  This includes current certification, ensuring air flow, and checking the hood alarm.
  • Use the Sash Properly: The sash should be used as a barrier between you and chemicals inside the hood. Never allow your head to enter the plane of the hood opening. Keep the sash below max operating height (usually 18 inches).
  • Be Chemically Aware: Know about the safety concerns for each chemical you use. Refer to your chemical hygiene plan or material safety data sheets.
  • Be Electrically Aware: Electrical receptacles (including power strips) must be located outside of the fume hood. Eliminate sources of ignition or sparks when flammable chemicals are present.
  • Be Self-Aware: Perform all work and keep all apparatuses at least six inches into the hood. Use personal protective equipment.
  • Be Organized: The fume hood is NOT a storage area. This can obstruct air flow, and exacerbate an emergency.

Be safe!

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Accidents Happen!

If you witness an environmental spill, contact emergency personnel promptly by calling 9-911 or 911.