ERIC Number: ED431292
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Fume Cupboards in Schools. (Revision of Design Note 29). Building Bulletin 88.
Regulations require hazardous gases in school science classrooms to be controlled, i.e., their levels in the air kept below the exposure limits, with fume cupboards being the most usual method. This document reviews the requirements for fume cupboards used in schools and colleges for teaching the sciences, mainly chemistry and biology, up to A-level GCE. It covers the level of provision that is desirable to meet curriculum needs and makes recommendations for good practice in the design, specification, and installation of fume cupboards and their related extraction systems. Also addressed is the commissioning and monitoring of fume cupboard systems and the repairing and upgrading of existing fume cupboards. Appendices include a description of how a fume cupboards works, the monitoring and commissioning tests and report forms, commissioning schedules, and the exposure limits and calculation of gas levels in laboratories. Appendices also provide a list of substances which, in the quantities usual in school experiments, can be released safely in a fume cupboard meeting the recommendations outlined in this document. A glossary of terms concludes the document. (GR)
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Equipment Standards, Foreign Countries, Laboratory Equipment, Safety, Secondary Education, Secondary School Science, Secondary Schools
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department for Education and Employment, London (England). Architects and Building Branch.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)