Pipeline Lab Safety Regulatory White Paper

Pipeline lab managers are generally familiar with Petroleum Inspection Protocols, but the maintenance requirements of airflow management safety equipment like fume hoods are often less appreciated.

Laboratories frequently develop airflow problems because field staff fail to understand the consequences of minor adjustments to systems, processes, and equipment parameters. For example, staff may restrict airflow while performing fan maintenance, organizing work bench space, or arranging equipment inside or outside the lab near exhaust vents.

And equipment component failure is unpredictable and sometimes unnoticed by field staff.

What exactly are the Health, Safety, and Environmental laboratory regulations mandated for midstream pipelines?

Annual laboratory airflow safety audits are required by ANSI/AIHA.

Petroleum field laboratories require annual evaluations because they harbor potent hazardous risks.

ANSI/AIHA Annual Certification Requirement

ANSI/AIHA Z9.5-2003, American National Standard for Laboratory Ventilation
Section 3.3.3 Flow-Measuring Device for Laboratory Chemical

  • "The device shall be calibrated at least annually and whenever damaged."

Section 6.4 Ongoing or Routine Hood and System Tests

  • "periodic testing at a minimum of 1-year intervals..."
  • "Routine performance tests shall be conducted at least annually..."

OSHA 29 CFR 1910.1450 also recommends a Chemical Hygiene Plan in Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories. Section (3)(e)(iii) includes a requirement that “measures… to ensure proper and adequate performance” of fume hoods be part of a review process “at least annually.”

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