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A fume hood is a type of ventilated workstation used in laboratory applications to limit exposure to hazardous or toxic fumes, vapors or dusts. The primary function of a fume hood is to prevent the release of hazardous substances into the general laboratory space by controlling and then exhausting hazardous and/or odorous chemicals. Fume hoods are often the primary control device for protecting laboratory workers when working with flammable and/or toxic chemicals and are required to be maintained and function properly when used according to OSHA’s Laboratory standard (29 CFR 1910.1450). They come in two types, ductless exhaust and ducted, with ductless exhaust fume hoods using activated charcoal filters to ventilate and remove chemical fumes, and ducted hoods having ventilation to outside provide the most user protection mostly for chemically dangerous fumes. These ventilated workstations are available in a range of materials to meet requirements for chemical resistance, static control, and cleanliness, and may be designed for specific applications or general purposes, with accessories such as stands also available. All of the hoods offered in this line feature an ergonomic design with long lasting, rust free, reliable construction to provide superior products as well as personnel and product protection. Select from a variety of top manufacturers including NuAire, Erlab and Flow Sciences.
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