Anybody who has had the chance to be in a metalworking facility will tell you that they are some of the most unsafe and unclean places as far as industrial workplaces go.
Apart from the heavy machinery that is used in these facilities, there are dangerous pollutants which are the result of metalworking operations that also poses a serious health risk to the workers. The dangerous pollutants that are produced as a result of metalworking include, dust and mist along with other fumes that contain lead, and other harmful toxins pose a threat to those present in the facility.
The release of harmful fumes and dust in metalworking facilities and other manufacturing industries is the reason why there are strict OSHA regulations in place to ensure the safety of the workforce operating in such facilities. The American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) has outlined certain guidelines that all industrial workplaces are required to follow. For instance, according to the ACGIH, employees working in metal working facilities, as well as other industrial workplaces should not breathe more than 0.02mg/m3 of air that contains particles of manganese over an eight-hour work period. The ACGI also provides detailed guidelines for other inhalable substances that can be harmful to humans.
A Viable Solution: Air Filters
Most, if not all problems that arise with air quality at metalworking facilities are the result of weld smoke and fumes, which can vary in their levels of toxicity. The levels of toxicity depend on a range of factors, such as base metal type, filler metals, welding rod composition and of course, the welding process. Using a dust and air filter system can easily clean all the harmful fumes that are generated in a metalworking facility.
So, you might ask what does “clean” look like in a metalworking facility? That’s a good question. While clean is a subjective term and can mean different things to different people, if you walk into a metalworking facility and see a blue haze around the lights, your facility probably has an issue with air quality. Again, using the guidelines that have been provided by OSHA and getting your facility an air and dust collection system can prevent the buildup of any harmful toxins in the air of your facility. Air and dust collection systems come in various types and sizes to ensure you are able to find the best fit for your facility.
Dust Collector Types
The following are some of the main types of dust collectors that are used by industrial workplaces to maintain air quality:
- Industrial room ventilation
- Industrial vacuum cleaners
- Horizontal cartridges
- Abrasive dust collectors
- Fabric dust collectors
- Fabric dust collectors with storage hoppers
- Jet pulse filters
- Mobile cartridge dust collectors
- Pleated bag filters dust collector
- Pulse jet cassette dust collectors
- Push-pull dust collector
- Semi offline cartridge dust collectors
- Semi offline fabric dust collectors
- Vertical cartridge dust collectors
- W3 cartridge dust collectors
It is important for business owners to take the air quality of their facility seriously since it can have a negative impact on the health of the workers. Some of the most common issues which develop due to the presence of harmful emissions in a metalworking facility are, throat, nose and eye irritation, lung problems, various types of cancer, and other health concerns.