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A Primer to Improve Airflow in Labs and Critical Workspaces


With so many people working from home, we thought we would bring a condensed version of our I2SL O&M training class from our home offices to yours. Meet our new 5-part online course to help you boost your critical workspace skills from the comfort of your home or office with live instructor-led training and a friendly Q&A.

The OSHA Standard requires all laboratory facilities to ensure the proper function of fume hoods and lab ventilation systems used to protect people from overexposure to airborne hazards.  Not only is this important to ensuring the safety and health of building occupants, it is also critical to energy efficiency and operational sustainability.

Learn how to keep your people safe and maximize energy efficiency.

A Primer to Improve Airflow in Labs and Critical Workspaces is comprised of five, 90 minute “live” webinar presentations provided over a span of 5 days. Each session will incorporate lectures, slides, videos and live demonstrations to transform the learning experience.

Attendees will:

  • Understand how fume hoods and airflow controls operate to protect people and properly test performance.
  • Understand how airborne hazards are generated and how airflow systems are used to protect people from exposure.
  • Learn to evaluate airflow system design and operation.
  • Learn to optimize airflow system performance for improved safety and reduced energy consumption.
  • Learn to implement a lab ventilation management plan for better maintaining system performance.

Cost for the 5-Day Course is $350 with discounts available to organizations registering multiple attendees (call or email us for details).

Once you register, you’ll get links to all five modules in your confirmation email. If you miss a session, you can always re-watch it later. Recordings of each module will be made available to all registered attendees.


A Primer to Improve Airflow in Labs and Critical Workspaces

Session 1: Tuesday, April 7, 2020 | 1:00-2:30 p.m. EST
Understanding Performance of Fume Hoods and Airflow Systems

  • Design and Operation of Fume Hoods and Ventilated Devices
  • Design and Operation of Labs and Airflow Control Systems
  • Factors affecting safety and energy performance
  • The value of optimizing performance

Session 2: Wednesday, April 8, 2020 | 1:00-2:30 p.m. EST
You Don’t Have to Re-Invent the Wheel – The Latest Guidelines and Standards

  • ANSI/AIHA – American National Standard for Lab Ventilation
  • SEFA – Fume Hood Standard and Guide to Selecting Exposure Control Devices
  • ASHRAE Lab Design Guide
  • ASHRAE Guideline for Classifying Lab Ventilation Design Levels
  • ASHRAE 110 – Method of Testing Performance of Lab Fume Hoods

Session 3: Thursday, April 9, 2020 | 1:00-2:30 p.m. EST
Understanding Risk and Optimizing Ventilation Effectiveness

  • How Research Activities establish the Demand for Ventilation
  • What is a Lab Ventilation Risk Assessment?
  • How to determine appropriate airflow specifications
  • How to optimize air changes rates for greater safety at lower airflow

Session 4: Tuesday, April 14, 2020 | 1:00-2:30 p.m. EST
Testing Performance of Fume Hoods and Airflow Controls

  • How to Properly Test Fume Hoods
  • How to evaluate laboratory airflow and ventilation effectiveness
  • How to test and verify proper operation of airflow control systems

Session 5: Wednesday, April 15, 2020 | 1:00-2:30 p.m. EST
Implementing an Airflow Management Program to Maintain Performance

  • Understand the components of a Lab Ventilation Management Plan
  • The importance of teamwork
  • Integration and Use of Building Information Systems
  • Coordinating Testing and Maintenance Efforts
  • Managing Change and Addressing Deferred Maintenance