laboratory fume hood / for radioisotope handling / containment / bench-top
laboratory, for radioisotope handling
stainless steel, with HEPA filter
RADIOISOTOPE FUME HOODS
DESIGNED FOR CLEANING AND STRENGTH
When it comes to handling radioactive material, safety is paramount. Radioisotope fume hoods are specially designed to minimize risk to both users and the environment.
RADIOISOTOPE FUME HOOD DESIGN
Radioisotope fume hoods are designed with two very specific considerations in mind. First of all, they must be constructed so that even minute portions of radioactive material can be easily cleaned from the surface. Second, they must be strong enough to hold the heavy lead bricks that are used to shield radioactive material during work.
To ensure that radioisotopes are properly purged, radioisotope fume hoods are lined with a single piece of seamless stainless steel, which is impermeable to radioactive materials. All angles of the liner are coved to minimize contamination build-up. Radioisotope fume hoods are not equipped with wash down systems, as these can contaminate plumbing. Instead, the surface is cleaned with special cleansers and wipes.
To bear the weight of the lead shielding, the fume hoods are set upon industrial steel grating that is capable of holding up to 200 pounds per square foot.
When it comes to filtering, the most popular choices are HEPA filters and activated charcoal filters. HEPA filters are usually necessary when high levels of radioactive material are being used, and due to the large amount of air they are exhausting require specialized installation. A radioisotope fume hood specialist can help you determine what kind of filter best suits your needs, and can also help you choose the right size, placement, and installation.