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Fume Cupboard & Cabinet Testing

The main reason for using a fume cupboard is to provide a safe working environment for the operator and other laboratory personnel. The fume cupboard provides a mechanical means of capturing, diluting and exhausting all fumes, especially that which is hazardous or noxious.

WHY TEST CUPBOARDS & CABINETS?

The efficiency and safety of a fume cupboard & cabinet depends upon many variables:

  • the smooth entry of air;
  • effective containment and scavenging of fume from the chamber;
  • its sitting with respect to air movement and laboratory ventilation;
  • the materials used in its construction;
  • the complete fume exhaust system (only Fume cupboards);
  • its controls and, if fitted, cleaning system.

Fume cupboards are tested in accordance with standard AS/NZS 2243.8(2014) , and Fume cabinets with AS/NZS 2243.9(2009) , this will ensure their safety and performance as well as reduce the risk of hazards.

WHEN TO TEST?

At the first installation a fume cabinet & cupboard shall be tested by a NATA accredited laboratory.

Thereafter, it’s advisable to check and maintain at 6 monthly intervals, and it’s mandatory to perform a complete NATA testing at least annually.

COMPLIANCE TEST REQUIREMENTS

Typical tests performed to certify Fume Cabinets & Cupboards:

  • Smoke Test;
  • Face Velocity;
  • Noise level;
  • Illuminance.
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AG&G Services. Victoria, NSW, ACT, Queensland, Tasmania, South Australia

NATA/ILAC Certified HEPA, Clean Room and Laboratory Testing Services.

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1/383 Dorset Rd, Bayswater Vic 3153 (Head Office)
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