Welcome to the Toronto Chapter page.
The SLCan Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the next Chapter to be launched will be the Toronto Chapter. The Chapter Board will be led by Founding President Kevin Belusa (AirGenuity), Vice President Ian McDermott (UHN) and Treasurer John Alberico (RWDI). Membership in the Chapter is included in SLCan's annual membership fees. Visit https://slcan.ca/membership/ for more information.
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SLCan's Toronto Chapter is kicking off it's local speaker series! Join your Toronto colleagues for an evening of networking!
When: Thursday, 10 May 2018 from 5:00 - 8:30 pm
Where: Prenup Restaurant and Pub, 191 College Street, Toronto
Cost: Members are $85, Non-Members are $95 (fees include dinner)
Exhibitor Tables: Members $200, Non Member are $250 (fee includes a meal for one person)
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm - Cocktails, Networking & Exhibitor's Tables
6:00 pm to 6:45 pm - Dinner
6:45 pm to 7:30 pm - Presentation
7:30 pm to 8:30 pm - Networking
Safe & Sustainable Fume Hood Flow Reductions
Geoff Shirtliff-Hinds, EH&S Manager, Chemical Lab and Safety Program, University of Toronto
Marc Droiun, Director of Research Safety and Compliance, Environmental Health and Safety, University of Toronto
The University of Toronto is a research intensive university with almost 1600 fume hoods (FH), most of which are constant air volume. A recent survey conducted by the University showed that a majority of FHs have an average face velocity over 110 fpm with exception of the newly installed high efficiency fume hoods (HEFH). Reducing the exhaust of FHs by 25% is one of the many energy saving initiatives the University is undertaking to positively impact it’s carbon footprint. As this energy saving program could potentially impact safety in labs, the Sustainability Office and the Environmental Health and Safety Office initiated a joint study of the containment of FHs at reduced face velocities in conjunction with the annual recertification process.
The testing looked at FHs "as used" - comparing ASHRAE 110 certification testing and stand-alone smoke pattern visualization. The use of smoke pattern visualization was compared to tracer gas measurements and was found to be an effective method for assessing the likelihood of a pass or fail using the ASHRAE testing protocols. This allowed the University to develop an efficient methodology of first pass assessment of containment. Based on the smoke pattern visualization and cross draft measurement, FH containment was graded into different levels. The presentation will discuss the details and methodology for visual first stage assessment using smoke patterns and how the results can be used to direct optimization of energy savings without compromising laboratory safety.