January 2001

Environment/Loss Prevention

Indoor air quality and hydrocarbon processing research

A case study on eliminating containment and re-entrainment of laboratory workstation fume-hood exhaust

Tetley, P. A., Strobic Air Corp. a subsidiary of Met-Pro Corp.

Indoor air quality (IAQ) has become a popular subject in the HPI over the past few years, especially in laboratory environments where research is conducted at workstations that generate toxic and odoriferous atmospheric fumes. While expanding their Technical Center East facility at the companies' headquarters in Dublin, Ohio, Ashland Specialty Chemical Co. and Ashland Distribution Co. have examined the IAQ issue. Many ventilation/exhaust options for workstations during the planning phase were incorporated and evaluated. As a result, benefits included maximizing employee protection, preventing exhaust re-entrainment, eliminating odoriferous exhaust, and lowering maintenance and ener

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