Fume cupboard service at St Lucia

19 Oct 2020

There will be a fume cupboard service to the St Lucia campus in November for the annual service and maintenance of laboratory equipment.

See the service schedule for the works being conducted in each building. (DOCX, 16 KB)

Affected areas


  • Start: Monday 2 November 2020
  • Finish: Monday 30 November 2020
  • Times: 8am to 2pm

Work details

    • Annual maintenance of fume cupboards, including access to plant rooms to service equipment.
    • During the service, each fume cupboard will be subjected to 3 tests:
      • Face Velocity test — determines the fume cupboard’s exhaust system is functioning correctly and removing hazardous fumes from the work space.
      • Illuminance test — ensures the work space inside the fume cupboard is adequately lit.
      • Containment test — ensures that no hazardous fumes are escaping the work space.
    • Tests are performed according to the Australian Standard and enforced by the National Australian Testing Authority.
    • The testing portion of the service takes approximately 1 hour to complete. If the cupboard requires reprogramming, it may take longer. 
    • Technicians will check in with you if they think it will take them any considerable amount of time to remedy any issues.
    • The service should not impact any adjoining cupboards.
    • If you have a fume cupboard that cannot be serviced at the proposed time, please speak directly to one of our team members and have an alternate date that we may be able to come back to it later. Alternatively, you can contact our office and we will alert to appropriate person to the change in scheduling.

    How to prepare for the service

    To help technicians safely and effectively complete the service:

    • Keep the area in front of the fume cupboard clear and accessible
    • Where possible, remove all hazardous chemicals from the inside of the fume cupboard before the test.
    • If substances can't be removed from the fume cupboard, place containers at least 50mm away from the back of the fume cupboard — this gives I-Fab space to test the airflow.
    • Wipe down the external work surface area to prevent any contamination.

    COVID-19 safety measures

    To help stop the spread of coronavirus, I-Fab have the following measures in place:

    • Employees will wash their hands before entering any worksite and after leaving and will not greet clients with handshakes.
    • All I-Fab vehicles are disinfected at the end of each work day and include alcohol-based hand sanitiser for employee use.
    • Work is completed in 1 or 2 person teams at all times. When servicing in 2 person teams, workers will keep a 1.5 - 2m distance from each other where possible.
    • I-Fab has a new system set in place that limits the amount of time that a technician is required to spend on site completing paperwork, to avoid any extended periods at site.
    • Accommodating for the situation at hand and taking on any measures the site has in place into the I-Fab safety plan.
    • I-Fab employees are expected to avoid gatherings of people including on breaks, use contact-less payments on lunch, and should be self-isolating when not at work and only leaving their properties for emergency purposes. If you see any I-Fab employee exhibiting signs of sickness, please contact I-Fab immediately.


    Hayley Jones and Jayne Jones, I-Fab

    We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding during this time.

    We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding during this time.

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