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Laboratory Hoods Online Training Course

Course Overview

Introduction to Laboratory Hoods is an online training course for workers in laboratories to understand the importance of laboratory hoods and the OSHA guidelines that regulate their use. Topics covered include types of hoods, testing and maintenance, protections afforded by hoods, and more.

Learning Objectives

After successful completion of this OSHA compliant course, the student will be able to:

  • Use caution when operating a laboratory hood.
  • Recognize hazardous materials that require hoods.
  • Maximize a hood’s ventilation.
  • Safely choose the right hood for the right job per OSHA standards.

Course Outline

  • Introduction
    • Understanding the materials that give of hazardous materials.
    • Chemical exhaust hoods and the “breathing zone” they create.
    • Physical threats that hoods can protect workers from.
    • Working with Hoods
      • Certain PPE is required even when working with a hood such as eyewear, lab coats, gloves, and more.
      • How to determine if a hood is working properly.
      • Checking air circulation around a hood and using “face velocity”.
      • What to do if you suspect that a hood is not working properly.
      • Avoiding improper uses of hoods such as storage.
      • How to keep contaminated air from entering the laboratory.
      • Basic safety rules when working near a hood.
      • The differences between biohazard hoods and exhaust hoods.
      • The unique characteristics of HEPA filters, what they can do and what they can’t do.
      • Specialized hoods required for working with Perchloric acids and radioisotopes.
      • Potential dangers when working with any type of hood.
      • How to deal with spills.
      • Clean up procedures and their importance around Laboratory hoods.
      • The potential for small fires within hoods and what to do.
      • How to use the appropriate extinguisher in the event of a small fire.
      • What to do if the ventilation system fails.
      • Using your facility’s Emergency Plan to prepare for different types of potential accidents.