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Fume Extraction Systems

Fume Extraction Systems

Extraction is the process by which harmful air contaminants are removed from the work place for the protection of employees and the environment. However, in the UK, the Health and Safety Executive has implemented COSHH regulations to ensure all industrial workplaces protect the health of their employees through effective Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV).

Importance Of Dust & Fume Extraction

Managing dust and fume extraction is important for two main reasons: protecting the health of workers as well as other people on site and complying with the law.

At GreenLight, we can support you in getting the dust extraction and fume extraction right. Our fully-qualified engineers can help in keeping them effectively.

Why Is Extraction Needed?

Extraction is needed because if inhaled (dust and fumes) can be seriously hazardous to health. Continuous exposure can also cause severe respiratory diseases. Therefore, strict regulation is in place. If you fail to comply with it regulations, you can be hit with fines (which are increasing all the time). Every year, the HSE publish statistics about health and safety in the workplace.

These reveal that:

  • 3 million workers are suffering from a work-related illness new or long standing.
  • Millions are lost due to work-related illnesses.
  • More than 10,000 deaths each year are estimated to be linked to past exposures at work, primarily to chemicals or dusts.
  • New cases of breathing or lung problems are estimated to occur annually.

Types Of Dusts & Fumes

There are numerous types of dusts and fumes that can occur in the workplace.  These are some common examples.

Dust extraction – examples of high-risk dusts:

Food dusts like flour dust.

Woodworking dust.

Construction dust.

Fume extraction – examples of high-risk fumes:

Fumes from welding.

Fumes from painting

Soldering fumes.

Chemical fumes.

If any of these dusts or fumes, or other types are present in your workplace, it is essential to make sure you have a regulation compliant dust extraction and fume extraction system.

Benefits Of Compliance With Dust & Fume Extraction Regulation

  • Ensure compliance with HSE, COSHH, and any other regulations applicable to your business.
  • Avoid the worry and stress of health compensation claims made by staff for inadequate protection.
  • Reduce contamination of surfaces as well as the machines you service, produce or work on.
  • Provide a safer and better working environment for everyone.

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