Capture Devices One Device Does Not Fit All

Raymond Doyle, WB Engineers+Consultants
George Kemper , BHDP Architecture

When it comes to chemical reactions and lab manipulations, fume hoods are often over used as a blanket solution to provide containment. In certain chemical reactive situations, closing a sash is required until that reaction has subsided. However, applying a fume hood for all manipulation processes is excessive.

Safe containment is key but should not be the only factor for applying one of the older well-known and commonly used safety devices. A balance between speed to market and safety is the primary goal and because of this, containment device selections can be a challenge for designers and safety professionals.

This presentation addresses the general concept that all toxic or hazardous chemical must be manipulated inside a fume hood. We'll address pushing the envelope to achieve energy savings and help transform the containment solutions to support the modernization of lab spaces.

Attendees that would benefit from this presentation will include operations professionals, service providers, consulting engineers, equipment manufacturers, project managers, young professionals, students and more. Ideal audience will be knowledge seekers who are interested in deepening their understanding of ways to adapt new and innovative design elements with respect to industry standards and requirements.

Learning Objectives

  • Address a science researcher's definition of the process and the possible scale options to help define the environment they work in;
  • Identify why capture devices are required to provide safe lab space and how to select them;
  • Understand what building infrastructure is required for all environments throughout the building to meet safety requirements; and
  • Recognize the potential operating cost and energy consumption impacts of selecting the wrong capture device.


Ray Doyle is the Managing Principal of WB Engineers+Consultants Washington, D.C. practice. As a dynamic engineer with 25 years in the industry, Ray excels at leading innovative design strategies with a focus on energy consumption conservation. He specializes in facility design management within the Life Science and Pharmaceutical industry. Ray is an accomplished speaker and has presented as a subject matter expert at national conferences for ISPE, NFMT, AIA and more.

George Kemper is a senior laboratory planner for BHDP Architecture. He has been the primary laboratory planner for the last 25 years, planning over 1 million square feet of lab space and has project experience in Higher Ed, R&D, Pharmaceutical, Clinical lab markets and animal research facilities. His laboratory experience includes projects such as Teaching labs, BSL2 research labs, BSL3 labs, ABSL2 Vivarium design, Clinical testing labs, ISO6 & 7 Cleanrooms, and hazardous chemical storage.


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