WA’s Department of Mines, Industry, Regulation and Safety recently issued a safety bulletin about fume cupboards which provide local exhaust ventilation (LEV) to reduce workers’ exposure to airborne contaminants such as hazardous fumes, gases and dusts.
When installed and used correctly, contaminants within a fume cupboard are captured at their source and are extracted away from workers.
However, recent inspections by the Department identified deficiencies in the inspection, testing, maintenance and use of fume cupboards, including:
The bulletin said there are a number of contributing factors:
The following actions are recommended to assist in maintaining contaminant levels below exposure standards and as low as practicable: