Actions and reporting in the case of problems with fume cupboards
These guidelines describe how you should react if an alarm is triggered or the ventilation stops working, as well as to whom you should report the problem. These guidelines apply to both students and employees.
In the case of a triggered alarm #
- Reduce the size of the hood in the fume cupboard.
- Close the hoods any other fume cupboards in the room.
- Stop your work if the alarm is still sounding.
- Inform the person responsible for the room (on the room card on or near the door to the room) or the HSE coordinator at the unit of the problem.
- Consider if there is a possibility that hazardous substances could leak from the cupboard and if something needs to be done about it.
- Based on your evaluation of the situation, either perform a check of the fume cupboard or report an error.
- If the self-check or technical check reveal that the cupboard does not fulfil the safety requirements, it should be marked with a special warning sticker (pdf). Cupboards that don’t meet the safety requirements should be closed.
- Report the event as an HSE problem in the reporting system
Reporting a problem #
The person responsible for the room or the HSE coordinator report the problem to the Campus Services Division via e-vaktmester. Describe the problem as precisely as possible. Always remember to provide the cupboard’s bar code (starts with +).
For hospital buildings run by St Olav’s Hospital, the problem should be reported to Customer services at tel. 06750.
Disruption of the ventilation system #
In the case of unexpected disruption of the ventilation system, the Campus Services Division will immediately warn the affected unit.
In the case of planned disruptions in the ventilation system that affect the fume cupboard, the Campus Services Division should warm the affected unit at least 10 days in advance.
Lack of enough suck in a fume cupboard can be very dangerous. Stop your work immediately if this happens. The affected unit should consider if other measures might be necessary: warning the users, closing the laboratory, moving the contents of the cupboard, etc.
Also see #
- Safety requirements for fume cupboards.
- Working with fume cupboards.
- Checking fume cupboards.
- Roles and responsibility for fume cupboards. (in Norwegian)
- Purchasing, moving or removing fume cupboards.(in Norwegian)
Contact information #
The person responsible for the room or HSE coordinator at the unit.
If the need arises for emergency help outside of regular work hours::
- NTNU, Technical emergency preparedness: tel. 918 97 335.
- St. Olav’s Hospital, technical guard: tel. 995 84 151
Approved by the head of HSE - February 21 2014 - HMSRV6203 - ePhorte 2014/3970