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Sustainable Labs Canada - Toronto Chapter - Knowledge & Networking Event

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PreNup Restaurant and Pub

191 College Street

416-506-4040

Toronto, ON M5T 1P9

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“Safe & Sustainable Fume Hood Flow Reductions”

About the Session

The University of Toronto is a research intensive university with almost 1600 fume hoods (FH), most of which are constant air volume. A recent survey conducted by the University showed that a majority of FHs have an average face velocity over 110 fpm with exception of the newly installed high efficiency fume hoods (HEFH). Reducing the exhaust of FHs by 25% is one of the many energy saving initiatives the University is undertaking to positively impact it’s carbon footprint. As this energy saving program could potentially impact safety in labs, the Sustainability Office and the Environmental Health and Safety Office initiated a joint study of the containment of FHs at reduced face velocities in conjunction with the annual recertification process.

The testing looked at FHs "as used" - comparing ASHRAE 110 certification testing and stand-alone smoke pattern visualization. The use of smoke pattern visualization was compared to tracer gas measurements and was found to be an effective method for assessing the likelihood of a pass or fail using the ASHRAE testing protocols. This allowed the University to develop an efficient methodology of first pass assessment of containment. Based on the smoke pattern visualization and cross draft measurement, FH containment was graded into different levels. The presentation will discuss the details and methodology for visual first stage assessment using smoke patterns and how the results can be used to direct optimization of energy savings without compromising laboratory safety.

About the Presenters

Geoff Shirtliff-Hinds – Geoff is the EH&S Manager, Chemical Lab and Safety Program at University of Toronto. In this capacity, Geoff is responsible for chemical and general safety in labs, managing the compliance program for ~1600 fume hoods on campus, including chemical weapons reporting and environmental compliance, as well as dealing with the many other Regulations and Acts at the Federal and Provincial levels that govern lab safety. Geoff is also the primary contact for issues requiring expertise in laboratory ventilation of all types, including the commissioning and decommissioning of labs. In recent years, questions around the balance of energy performance and sustainability as it relates to the issues of safety in labs have been a significant focus of his activities. This discussion on balance has inevitably lead to a quest for a reduction in energy consumption and therefore a pursuit for a reduction in air flow rates in fume hoods.

Geoff received an Honours BSc. in Chemistry in 1990 and Master of Health Science degree in Occupational and Environmental Health in 2002. In 2007 he moved to his current position in the University of Toronto Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) managing the chemical safety program.

Marc Drouin - Marc is currently the Director of Research Safety and Compliance, Environmental Health and Safety at the University of Toronto, the largest University in Canada and one of the world’s top research-intensive universities. He has a vast experience in laboratory safety and emergency response involving hazardous material. He is a member of the Thought Leader Advisory Group of the Canadian Association of University Business Officers and an executive member of the Council of Environmental Health and Safety Officers of Ontario Universities. He joined the University of Toronto in 2013, after 24 years at the Université de Sherbrooke in Québec, where he lastly occupied the position of Director of Environmental Health and Safety and Associate-director of Facilities. Marc has Bachelor degree in chemistry and an MBA from the Université de Sherbrooke, and a master degree in chemistry from McGill University.


SLCan presentations are eligible as a directed training activity.


Timelines

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm - Cocktails, Networking & Exhibitor's Tables

6:00 pm to 6:45 pm - Service of the Meal

6:45 pm to 7:30 pm - Presentation and Service of Dessert

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm - Networking


Cost (no payment at the door)

Attendance:

  1. SLCan Member: $ 85

  2. Non Member: $ 95

Exhibitor's table:

  1. SLCan Member: $200 including meal for 1 person

  2. Non Member: $250 including meal for 1 person


Please join us at the 2018 SLCan Sustainable Laboratory Conference: Sustainability and the Human Element

October 23-24, 2018, The Fort Garry Hotel, Winnipeg, MB



For any questions, you can contact us at: toronto@slcan.ca

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416-506-4040

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