The proper maintenance and the overall safety of fume hoods have come to the forefront of safety programs. There are a number of contributing factors that can affect the fume hood performance and safety. Some of these factors are the age of the unit, its maintenance history, history of use and the safety standards of the user. Our experienced technicians inspect the competency of the fume hood mechanical, air flow and containment function. A fume hood is a mechanically ventilated, partially enclosed ducted work station where harmful materials can be handled safely. The primary function of the fume hood is to capture, contain, exhaust gases, vapors and aerosols generated within the fume hood enclosure; as a result the fume hood is responsible for protecting the user from exposure of harmful substances. The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) states that fume hoods should be inspected on a daily, monthly bi-annually and yearly basis. Norlab Laboratory Systems can assist in designing and initiating a custom Preventative and Maintenance Inspection Program that is manageable for your business. In addition to program design, we offer a concise documentation of the results of the fume hood inspection which provides the customer with a detailed analysis of the fume hoods overall mechanical function and airflow health. Learn more about our inspection process.