Fume cupboard testing at AIBN (75)

9 May 2022

There will be a Fume Cupboard Service to the St Lucia Campus in May to allow six monthly service and maintenance of laboratory equipment.

Affected Areas

  • Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (75) Levels 1-5


  • Start: Wednesday 18 May 2022
  • Finish: Friday 27 May 2022
  • Times: 7:30am to 3:30pm
  • Service Schedule Attached

Work details

  • Six Monthly Maintenance of Fume Cupboards
  • Please note that in all buildings we will require access to plant rooms to service equipment.
  • To assist Clients in the servicing of Fume Cupboards please find below information on what to expect during the annual service of a Fume Cupboard.
  1. During our service, each Fume Cupboard will be subjected to three different tests. A Face Velocity test to determine that the Fume Cupboard’s exhaust system is functioning correctly and removing hazardous fumes from the work space. An Illuminance test to make sure that the work space inside the Fume Cupboard is adequately lit. A Containment Test to ensure that no hazardous fumes are escaping the work space. All of these tests are performed according to the Australian Standard and enforced by the National Australian Testing Authority.
  2. In regard to decontaminating the Fume Cupboard we ask that wherever possible all hazardous chemicals are removed from the inside of the Fume Cupboard before the test and the area in front of the Fume Cupboard is kept clear and accessible. Where substances cannot be removed from the Fume Cupboard, we ask that you place the containers at least 50mm away from the back of the Fume Cupboard so that we have space to test the airflow. Our technicians will wear protective gear but wherever possible please wipe down the external work surface area to prevent any contamination.
  3. The testing portion of the service takes approximately one hour to complete, if the cupboard requires reprogramming it may take longer but the technicians will check in with you if they think it will take them any considerable amount of time to remedy any issues.
  4. The service should not impact any adjoining cupboards.


Lauren Campbell, Service Technician

We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience during this time. For more information on campus shutdowns, disruptions and road closures please refer to the Property and Facilities Division Road and buildings works page.