Have you taken the time to thoroughly review the ventilation system at your facility? The answer to this question is hopefully yes, and as facility changes are initiated, ventilation consequences should be taken into consideration.
There are various sources for laboratory ventilation requirements, with some being recommendations and some being regulatory citations that stipulate specific requirements. The importance of verifying a compliant ventilation system should not be overlooked when establishing laboratory space. As the hazardous materials in use evolve over time, different engineering controls may be necessary which can impact the overall HVAC system. Directional airflow is important to keep the air flowing from clean to dirty as much as possible.
Whether you are considering new laboratory space, expanding your existing space, or making modifications to current lab space, be sure to consider the ventilation requirements.