Fundamentals of Chemical Fume Hood Safety

Chemical Fume Hood Course
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Registration open for Chemical Fume Hood Introduction Course

CDC’s basic-level, free eLearning course is an introduction to best practices for safely and effectively utilizing Chemical Fume Hoods in the laboratory. Topics include identification of components and properties, factors that affect airflow, and startup, finishing, and emergency procedures.

Visit the CDC Laboratory Training website for more information.

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Registration open for Chemical Fume Hood Introduction Course


In recognition of the importance of laboratory quality and safe laboratory practices, INSERT  ORGANIZATION NAME joins the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in promoting training opportunities for clinical and public health laboratory personnel. A common control used to minimize workplace exposures to hazardous chemicals and nanomaterials is the chemical fume hood. When properly used, fume hoods help protect laboratory personnel from inhaling chemical gases, vapors, and aerosols. They also serve as a physical barrier between laboratorians and the hazardous materials inside the hood. On September 3, CDC launched its newest laboratory safety course: Fundamentals of Chemical Fume Hood Safety. It is the latest in a line of free Laboratory Safety Courses rolling out of the Division of Laboratory Systems.

This basic-level eLearning course introduces the safe use of laboratory chemical fume hoods. Its objectives include teaching students how to:

  • Identify physical components and functional properties of fume hoods
  • List factors that affect the proper fume hood airflow
  • Describe startup procedures before working in a fume hood
  • Describe proper practices for working in a fume hood
  • Describe finish procedures for completion of work in a fume hood
  • Describe the procedures to follow during an emergency

Target Audience: Laboratory and safety professionals.

Special Needs: Course content is closed-captioned where applicable and optimized for a screen reader.

CEU’s: CDC’s Division of Laboratory Systems is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program. This course is approved for 1.0 contact hour.   P.A.C.E.® course number: 288-005-18.

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Thank you to the Association of Public Health Laboratories, the American Society for Microbiology, and the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science for partnering with CDC to review this course.

Chemical Fume Hood Safety Course

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