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Holliday Technical Services offers reliable university fume cupboards testing and maintenance, ensuring optimal fume cupboard performance in your labs

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University Fume Cupboards Testing  - Safeguard Your Labs with Holliday Technical Services

Maintaining a safe and compliant research environment is paramount in universities. Holliday Technical Services specialises in university fume cupboards testing, ensuring optimal performance and protecting your students and faculty. We offer comprehensive testing and maintenance services for both ducted and mobile filtered fume cupboards across your university's labs and research facilities.

University Fume Cupboards Testing - Compliance and Protection: Your Top Priorities

Holliday Technical Services helps you fulfil your obligations under COSHH Regulation 9. Our rigorous Thorough Examination and Testing every 14 months covers all university fume cupboards makes and models, ensuring both safety and legal compliance.

Fume Cupboard Testing In Universities - Your Comprehensive Fume Cupboard Solution

Beyond university fume cupboards testing, we offer a full suite of additional fume cupboard services for universities. From proactive maintenance and repairs to timely replacement parts (including filters for ductless models), we keep your research facilities running smoothly and safely.

Fume Cupboard Expertise You Can Trust

Holliday Technical Services are university fume cupboard specialists with extensive experience providing fume cupboard testing across the UK. Our highly trained technicians adhere to stringent safety standards (BS 7989:2001, BS EN14175:2003, COSHH REG9, HSG258). Our certifications with Reset, Constructionline, SafeContractor, and BSI underscore our commitment to providing exceptional service and peace of mind. 

Fume Cupboard Services for Schools, Colleges & research

We work across many schools, colleges and research institutions in the UK, testing all makes and models of fume cupboards, biosafety cabinets LEV equipment, PCR Cabinets, Laminar Flow, Balance Enclosures and Extraction Arms.

Take a deep dive into the services we offer to schools, colleges and research facilities in the UK and hear from present customers just like you.

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Fume Cupboard Testing In Universities & Higher Education

Flexible University Fume Cupboard Testing 

Holliday Technical Services understands the unique scheduling needs of universities. We offer flexible fume cupboard testing in universities, including after-hours and outside term time, to minimise disruptions to your research and teaching activities. Our DBS (Enhanced) checked engineers are experienced in working with all fume cupboard makes and models, providing seamless service and ensuring the safety of your university's laboratories.

University Fume Cupboard Maintenance

HTS offers comprehensive fume cupboard and LEV maintenance solutions tailored to universities. We service ductless filtered fume cupboards, ducted fume hoods, MBSCs, Laminar Flow, Vented Enclosures and Other LEV (Local Exhaust Ventilated) equipment, ensuring the longevity and optimal function of your critical research equipment. Contact us today to discuss your university's fume cupboard maintenance requirements.

New University Fume Cupboards

Holliday Technical Services streamlines fume cupboard procurement for universities. We source a comprehensive selection of new fume cupboards, including ductless demonstration models, high-performance ducted fume cupboards, and other specialised LEV (Local Exhaust Ventilated) equipment. Our expertise helps you select the optimal solutions for your university's research facilities and laboratories.

Fume Cupboard Repair For Universities

Holliday Technical Services offers prompt and dependable fume cupboard repairs for universities throughout the UK. Our expertise covers a broad array of issues, including ducting, motor, and fan repairs for most fume cupboard makes and models. We understand the importance of minimising disruptions to your research. Our skilled technicians work efficiently to restore your LEV (Local Exhaust Ventilation) systems while ensuring the safety of your university laboratories.

Refurbished Fume Cupboards For University

Upgrade your university's research facilities cost-effectively with expertly refurbished fume cupboards from Holliday Technical Services. Our selection changes regularly to accommodate diverse laboratory needs. All refurbished fume cupboards are meticulously restored to ensure safety and performance, installed by our DBS-checked engineers, and backed by a warranty for your confidence. Contact us today to explore our refurbished options and find the ideal solutions for your university labs.

University Fume Cupboard Replacement Parts

Holliday Technical Services simplifies fume cupboard maintenance for universities. We streamline the sourcing of replacement parts, including filters, fans, inverters, motors, airflow monitoring equipment, and other essential components. Our extensive selection, including a variety of carbon filter grades, HEPA and ULPA filters, ensures you find the precise replacements you need to keep your university's fume cupboards safe and fully operational.

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Your Trusted Partner in University Safety: Holliday Technical Services

We understand the critical role fume cupboards play in ensuring the safety of your university's research facilities.

Our skilled engineers specialise in fume cupboards, MBSC and other LEV testing and ongoing maintenance, prioritising safety in every project.

Holliday Technical Services partners with universities across the UK, working either ad-hoc or under tendered contracts tailoring solutions to your unique research and laboratory requirements.

Why Choose Holliday Technical Services?

  • Specialised Focus: Our exclusive focus on fume cupboards and LEV systems translates into unparalleled expertise in testing, maintenance, and repair.
  • End-to-End Solutions: We streamline your fume cupboard management with a comprehensive range of services, eliminating the need for multiple contractors and offer full asset management and innovations like secure client portals for testing data storage.
  • Collaborative Approach: We understand the distinct needs of universities and will work closely with you to customise solutions and achieve optimal results.
  • Safety-Driven: Protecting your students, faculty, and research integrity is our unwavering commitment. We ensure compliance and the safe operation of your fume cupboards.

Let Holliday Technical Services be your partner in fostering a safe and productive research environment within your university.

COSHH - The Control Of Substances Hazardous to Health 2002

The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) 2002 regulations prioritise employee protection from exposure to hazardous substances, particularly in laboratory environments. Here, fume cupboards with their integral local exhaust ventilation (LEV) systems play a crucial role in risk mitigation.

COSHH Regulation 9 mandates proactive maintenance for effective LEV control. This includes maintaining fume cupboards in optimal working order and good repair, with thorough examinations and testing conducted at least every 14 months, and potentially more frequently for high-risk processes.

By adhering to these regulations and partnering with a qualified service provider like Holliday Technical Services, universities, FE colleges and schools can achieve optimal safety standards while fostering productive teaching environments.

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University Fume Cupboards Testing & Much More

Holliday Technical Services carry out fume cupboard testing in universities and higher education across the UK from Truro to Aberdeen (and everywhere in between), as well as offering universities preventative maintenance, parts replacement and repair in accordance with COSHH, BSEN 14175, BS 7989 (HSG258) and BB:88, using our DBS (Enhanced) engineers, throughout the UK.


We can offer these services for any make or model of fume cupboard that meet current standards and regulations. Contact HTS for fume cupboard testing in universities and much more.

Services We Offer Universities and Higher Education Include:

We stock a large range of spare parts and consumables for a wide range of fume cupboards that are used in universities and we can quickly source parts from our network of trusted partners, if we do not have your specific item in stock. HTS also offer an expert fitting service for any parts ordered alongside our fume cupboard testing for higher education service.

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Several critical factors influence the ability of a fume cupboard to safely contain and remove hazardous substances, ensuring the protection of personnel and the integrity of research within universities and higher education institutions:

  • Face Velocity: The speed at which air is drawn into the fume cupboard is paramount. Regulations typically mandate a minimum face velocity to ensure adequate capture of contaminants. Regular testing verifies this is maintained.
  • Sash Position: The fume cupboard sash acts as a barrier. It should be kept at the designated working height to optimise airflow and containment.
  • Airflow Patterns: Disruptions within the fume cupboard, such as large equipment or rapid movements, can create turbulence and compromise containment. Proper training in fume cupboard use is essential.
  • Room Ventilation: The lab itself must have sufficient ventilation to provide replacement air for the fume cupboard. Inadequate room ventilation can negatively impact fume cupboard performance.
  • External Influences: Factors like open windows, doorways, or high-traffic areas near the fume cupboard can disrupt airflow patterns and reduce its effectiveness.
  • Maintenance: Regular maintenance, including filter replacement and airflow monitoring, is crucial to ensure the fume cupboard continues to function as designed.

Holliday Technical Services specialises in university fume cupboard testing and maintenance. We can help you assess these factors and ensure your fume cupboards provide the necessary level of protection. 

What standards do fume cupboards in Universities IN THE UK need to meet?

Fume cupboards in UK universities must adhere to several key standards to ensure safety, functionality, and compliance with regulations:

  • BS EN 14175: This British and European Standard provides comprehensive guidelines for the design, construction, installation, and performance testing of ducted fume cupboards.
  • COSHH Regulations (2002): The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations mandate the control of exposure to hazardous substances in the workplace, including the use of fume cupboards.
  • HSG 258: Controlling airborne contaminants at work: A guide to local exhaust ventilation (LEV) This Health and Safety Executive (HSE) publication offers specific technical guidance on the design, commissioning, and thorough examination and testing of LEV systems, including fume cupboards.
  • University-Specific Policies: Many universities establish their own internal fume cupboard standards, policies, and operating procedures in addition to national regulations.

Holliday Technical Services specialises in university fume cupboard testing. We rigorously follow these standards to ensure your fume cupboards maintain optimal performance and provide a safe environment for research and teaching. Each year we test thousands of fume cupboards, laminar flow cabinets, biological safety cabinets, vented enclosures, laboratory extraction arms and other local exhaust ventilated (LEV) equipment. Speak to HTS about the services we offer to universities in the UK including annual fume cupboard testing, CAT3 bi-annual testing, fumigation services, ducting repair, commissioning new equipment, purchase of new fume cupboards, refurbished fume cupboards, removal of redundant systems and replacement of parts including centrifugal fans, motors, inverters and filters (Carbon Activated, HEPA and ULPA).

What are the risks of using a fume cupboard?

While fume cupboards are essential safety tools in research laboratories, their use presents certain risks that must be understood and mitigated to protect personnel and ensure the integrity of experiments. Here's an overview:

  • Exposure to Hazardous Substances: If a fume cupboard malfunctions or is used improperly, researchers may be exposed to:
  • Toxic fumes and vapours
  • Aerosols or airborne particles
  • Flammable or reactive chemicals

Fire and Explosion Hazards: Certain experiments may generate flammable vapours or reactive chemicals that could ignite or explode within a malfunctioning fume cupboard, particularly if the ventilation system fails to remove them effectively.

Physical Hazards: The fume cupboard sash, if not made of safety glass, can pose a risk of shattering in the event of an uncontrolled reaction, potentially leading to injuries.

Environmental Contamination: Inadequate filtration or accidental release of hazardous substances from a fume cupboard can contaminate the laboratory environment and potentially the broader external environment.

Risk Mitigation: Universities must implement rigorous measures to minimise these risks, including:

  • Regular Testing and Maintenance: Thorough examination and testing of fume cupboards, as mandated by regulations, ensures they function correctly.
  • User Training: Comprehensive training in fume cupboard operation and safety protocols is essential for all laboratory personnel.
  • Appropriate PPE: Lab coats, safety glasses, and specialised gloves (depending on the chemicals used) are necessary even when using a fume cupboard.
  • Hazard Assessment: Careful risk assessment must precede any experiment involving potentially hazardous substances within a fume cupboard.

Holliday Technical Services can assist your university in maintaining fume cupboard safety through testing, maintenance, and parts replacement. Our group works with universities on an ad-hoc basis, annual contracts or longer tendered contracts. Our engineers are highly trained and are used to working on campus across the UK and our back office systems have been established to make testing data easier to manage on larger campus including centralised asset registers and client portals for the storage of test data. Speak to us about your university fume cupboard and other LEV testing needs.

What are the quick safety checks I should do before using a University fume hood?

Here's a quick checklist covering the basics. Always prioritise safety by performing these checks before each use of a fume hood:

  1. Training Verification: Ensure you and any assisting personnel have received comprehensive fume hood safety training as mandated by your university.
  2. Chemical Hazard Assessment: Thoroughly understand the specific hazards of the chemicals involved in your experiment and any potential reactions. Consult relevant Safety Data Sheets (SDS).
  3. Airflow Check: Verify that the fume hood is switched on and the airflow gauge indicates proper function. If airflow is inadequate, do not proceed and report the issue to your department lead, university estates or occupational health /biosafety unit.
  4. Sash Position: Adjust the sash to the designated working height, ensuring optimal containment and protection.
  5. Interior Setup: Minimise clutter within the fume hood, as large equipment or obstructions can disrupt airflow. Work at least 15cm (6 inches) back from the sash opening.
  6. PPE: Don your lab coat, safety glasses, and appropriate chemical-resistant gloves.
  7. External Factors: Be aware of open windows, high-traffic areas, or other sources of air disturbance near the fume hood that could compromise its effectiveness.

Important Note: If you ever observe a malfunction or have any safety concerns, do not use the fume hood. Report the issue to your laboratory supervisor or designated safety personnel immediately. Holliday Technical Services are a specialist fume cupboard servicing company providing university fume cupboards testing, maintenance and support to all universities in the UK. We are very proud of our association with some of the top educators and research laboratories in the UK and offer expert support to ensure laboratory safety and to minimise research downtime. 

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