The chemical fume hood is a primary safety device used to protect laboratory workers from chemical exposure, fires, or explosions. The Fume Hood protects the user from flammable, toxic or offensive chemicals by providing an enclosed work area or barrier between the user and the hazardous material.
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Other engineering controls used in labs include:
Biological Safety Cabinets (BSCs) - the primary means of containment for working safely with infectious materials and/or aerosol generating procedures. Class II BSCs are designed to provide personnel, product, and environmental protection by using high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters in their exhaust and supply systems.
Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) sometimes referred to as a snorkel orelephant trunk is an engineering control used to capture low risk airborne contaminates at or near the source and remove them awayfrom the work place.