Southern Cross Science

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Southern Cross Science Pty Ltd carries out testing, servicing and maintenance of fume cupboards. We test and service fume cupboards in accordance with Australian Standard AS/NZS 2243.8:2006 (ducted fume cupboards) and AS/NZ 2243.9:2003 (ductless fume cupboards).

The Australian Standard requires that fume cupboards must have a major service every 12 months, and recommends a minor service every six months. WorkCover inspectors use the Australian Standard in assessing whether a fume cupboard complies with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (2004) and associated Regulations.

When your Fume Cupboard is tested or serviced Safety Smart Pty Ltd will provide you with a detailed NATA test report for WorkCover and other insurance records. A NATA sticker will also be placed on each fume cupboard, outlining the test date, report number and results for easy verification by all users. If you wish, we can provide you with an upgrade plan for your company or school’s risk assessment program.

We can offer major or minor services to your fume cupboards, which includes a test report, or testing only. We can also offer quotes on repairs. If you have any queries about servicing or wish to receive a quote, please contact Southern Cross Science Pty Ltd on +61 8 8277 1541.

Southern Cross Science Pty Ltd Servicing & Testing of Fume Cupboards

The Australian Standard AS/NZS 2243.8:2006 requires that fume cupboards, “from cupboard to discharge stack, shall be subject to periodic inspection and maintenance”. The Standard requires that, on a weekly basis, “air cleaning devices, if installed, shall be inspected and maintained in accordance with maintenance manuals, and trapped contaminants safely disposed.”

MINOR SERVICE (done at six months)

At a minor service, Southern Cross Science Pty Ltd does the following:

  • Perform a smoke test in accordance with Appendix A of the Standard.
  • Perform a face velocity test in accordance with Appendix B of the Standard.
  • Check that the scrubber and wash-down facility, if fitted, is functioning efficiently.
  • If fitted, inspect the fire damper and the release mechanism and replace fusible link, if required.
  • Check that any air-cleaning device, if fitted, is operating efficiently and maintain if required.
  • Check the visual condition of the thermal detector and sprinkler heads, if fitted.
  • Remove baffles where possible and clean both the baffles and the rear of the fume cupboard chamber.

MAJOR SERVICE (done at twelve months)

At a major service, Southern Cross Science Pty Ltd does all of the items in a minor service as well as the following:

  • Wash entire interior surface of the chamber including the aerofoil, if fitted, with dilute detergent solution and repair defects as necessary.
  • Check condition of the services to the cupboard and ensure that all are properly identified and operational.
  • Inspect and maintain fans, their motors, drives (including belts) and bearings. Lubricate where appropriate.
  • Check stability and condition of the discharge stack
  • Inspect condition of the exhaust ducting, where possible, particularly the joints and ensure drain points are clear.
  • Check make-up air balance.
  • Check condition and satisfactory operation of the fume cupboard control system.
  • Check operation of the emergency isolator and isolation of services.
  • Check operation of the automatic isolator by providing inadequate airflow conditions to the fume cupboard.
  • The system shall be tested for overall compliance with the Standard.
  • Attach a self-adhesive label to the fume cupboard showing the inspection date, name of inspector and report number, overall test result (pass or fail) and the date the next inspection is due.

Testing of the fume cupboard via smoke test and face velocity test, is conducted at both services, or can be done separately.

We also require, as per the Standard, that the safety officer or supervisor shall ensure that our maintenance staff are aware of any hazards in the area in which maintenance is to be performed and any precautions to be taken (e.g. for work on roofs near exhaust discharge points).

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