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Chemical Fume Hoods and Biological Safety Cabinets



Thomas J. Bruno


Engineered safety equipment is preferred over the reliance on personal protective equipment, and the fume hood is one such engineered safety device that is nearly ubiquitous in laboratories. Laboratories concerned with biological specimens (microbes, spores) also commonly are equipped with biological safety cabinets. The following table provides basic information on the function and application of these devices. The purpose here is not to provide design or installation instructions, since most users will find this equipment already installed in their work spaces. Rather, this information is to allow optimal use to be made of the installation that is preexisting.
CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, 95th Edition
Publisher Info
CRC Press Taylor and Francis Group, Boca Raton, FL


Bruno, T. (2014), Chemical Fume Hoods and Biological Safety Cabinets, CRC Press Taylor and Francis Group, Boca Raton, FL (Accessed May 19, 2024)


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Created June 4, 2014, Updated February 19, 2017