FAT

FSI Testing Performance - Laboratory Testing Services

LELAND, NC, December 18, 2018 —Flow Sciences, Inc. (FSI) evaluates and ensures that every enclosure shipped to their customer meets all relevant standards. FSI performs procedures from the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) 110-2016 – Methods of Testing Performance of Laboratory Fume Hoods. Examples of testing procedures include flow visualization (local and large-volume challenges), tracer gas exposure modeling via human as mannequin (HAM) testing. These procedures are conducted in-house as Flow Sciences’ Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT). FAT testing is analogous to the “as manufactured” (AM) test as mentioned in ASHRAE 110-2016. Additionally, testing is conducted at the customer’s location upon request. This test is analogous to the “as installed” (AI) test. Flow Sciences, Inc. refers to this this test as the “SAT”, or Site Acceptance Test.

Aside from ASHRAE testing methodologies, Flow Sciences tests other functionalities of containment devices; one example is vibration isolation. During this test, vibration is purposefully initiated and its effect on the measurement of the balance is analyzed in accordance with Flow Sciences’ data reproducibility standards. In essence, the enclosure’s capability of isolating a balance from vibrational interferences stemming from the external environment is put to the test. Additional information regarding vibrational interferences can be found here.

For High Potency Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (HPAPI) powder enclosures, FSI conducts surrogate powder testing to quantitatively assess containment performance. During the test, samples are collected using standard industrial hygiene field sampling methods. Following the test, samples are sent to a third-party analytical laboratory accredited by the American Industrial Hygiene Association Laboratory Accreditation Program (AIHA-LAP). Third-party IH companies can also be employed to perform the evaluation in FSI’s test facility.

For more information, please email your inquiry to info@flowsciences.com

CAMERON FAULCONER, IH-MESH
Industrial Hygienist / Product Manager

Cameron Faulconer is an Industrial Hygienist with a wide breadth of experience, spanning between commercial manufacturing, to home residences. His inspiration for his choice of career is communicating the value of preserving the health and safety of employees using the most effective and efficient means possible. Therefore, Mr. Faulconer found his place in the “Engineering Controls” rung of the hierarchy of hazard controls.

As a problem solver, Mr. Faulconer believes that the best safety solutions are created through consultative conversations with those who seek solutions. He believes communicating information derived from these conversations to be critical to the continued understanding of the toxicological impacts of the work environment.

His personal motto is “protecting the safety and health of employees from what can and cannot be seen with the naked eye”.


Performance Validation by Third Party Industrial Hygienists


Flow Sciences, a leading provider of containment solutions for laboratory, pilot plant, and manufacturing facilities consults with third party industrial hygienists to conduct in-house Factory Acceptance Tests (FATs) and Site Acceptance Tests (SATs) to ensure customers’ products perform at the level they need.

Flow Sciences partners with experienced third-party Industrial Hygiene (IH) consulting professionals from partnering companies to verify the containment performance of an enclosure using the following standardized testing methodologies:

 

  1. Surrogate Powder Testing at Flow Science’s Laboratory

 

Following IH consultation, Flow Sciences conducts personal and area air sampling inside our in-house laboratory following thorough decontamination. Air samples are run while demonstrators perform a mock task with little instruction and then submitted for AIHA Lab Accreditation Program (LAP) approved analysis. Finally, Flow Sciences’ team of scientists and engineers analyzes the resulting data and determines if the enclosure performs better than its Containment Performance Target (CPT).  Many customers choose to use their own operators and are invited to observe and participate in the testing at Flow Sciences.

 

  1. Surrogate Powder Testing at Client Site

 

If the customer requests an SAT, Flow Sciences utilizes staff from an IH company to perform the same testing methods as the FAT. However, the test is performed at the customer site. This testing option affords the customer the opportunity to verify the performance of their enclosure by having the test conducted using their own Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and employees.

 

  1. ASHRAE-110and ANSI/AIHA Z9.5 – Laboratory Ventilation

 

In accordance with the previously mentioned methodologies, Flow Sciences conducts Average Airflow Velocity Measurements, Flow Visualization, Large Volume Smoke, Tracer Gas, and Surrogate Gas testing. Flow Sciences utilizes consultation from IH consulting professionals to design a sampling protocol to model employee exposure in the field.

 

For more information, visit www.flowsciences.com/testing/

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CAMERON FAULCONER, IH-MESH
Industrial Hygienist / Product Manager

Cameron Faulconer is an Industrial Hygienist with a wide breadth of experience, spanning between commercial manufacturing, to home residences. His inspiration for his choice of career is communicating the value of preserving the health and safety of employees using the most effective and efficient means possible. Therefore, Mr. Faulconer found his place in the “Engineering Controls” rung of the hierarchy of hazard controls.

As a problem solver, Mr. Faulconer believes that the best safety solutions are created through consultative conversations with those who seek solutions. He believes communicating information derived from these conversations to be critical to the continued understanding of the toxicological impacts of the work environment.

His personal motto is “protecting the safety and health of employees from what can and cannot be seen with the naked eye”.