Re: [Histonet] Histology Lab ventilation

From:Rene J Buesa

Our standard was four to five complete air exchanges per hour. That should not be taken as a rigid standard and could vary depending on the size (air volume) of the room or how many chemicals are used.
  Also if in the room there is a fumes hood.
  The air exchange rate has to be also combined with a monitoring program for chemical exposure, specially for formalin and xylene, for those labs still using one or both of those dangerous chemicals.
  Hope this will help you!
René J.

"Satterfield, Marirose"  wrote:
  I was wondering if any one could point me in the right direction. We are
having ventilation problems in our lab. The lab director wants to know
if there are any standards for air flow in the Histology Lab or how much
air should be circulated in any given time. The only standards I know
about are for fumes. I thought we should just ask a company who
specializes in ventilation but the Lab Director seems to think they may
not be familiar with a Histology Lab. Any thoughts?

Marirose Satterfield

Histology Supervisor

Mercy Memorial Hospital

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