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Whether you work in fabrication, education, motorsport, or any other type of workshop, these types of environments can be challenging to control risks. Workshops are typically places where businesses manufacture goods or carry out repairs, resulting in the production of hazardous particles.

Dangerous substances formed in a workshop include exhaust fumes (particularly diesel fumes), solvent vapour, dust particles, epoxy sprays, and welding fumes. Workshops often overlook these toxic materials and the risks they cause. It is not enough to work in a spacious environment or leave doors and windows open to improve ventilation. Exposure to hazardous particles can lead to profound health implications, and for this reason, you must implement effective LEV systems.

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At Auto Extract Systems, we are accustomed to helping all kinds of workshops to provide pollution-free workplaces. We are experienced in providing solutions across different types of industries. Get in touch today to see how we can secure your workshop from toxic substances.


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What Is a Workshop Dust Extractor?

In industrial environments such as workshops, there are countless amounts of health and safety hazards that can arise. When work involves using specialist equipment to manufacture products or carry out repairs, toxic particulates such as dust and exhaust fumes can be emitted and introduced to the working environment. A workshop dust extractor is a system that helps to create a cleaner and safe environment. Extraction systems work by capturing dangerous substances at the source level, removing them before it reaches people, and thus enhancing the workshop's quality of air. There are several types of workshop dust extraction systems available, from portable extractors to larger products that are fixed in place. Speak to a member of our team to find out which solution is best for you.


What the HSE Recommends for Workshops

The Health and Safety Executive is in charge of ensuring the safety and welfare of employees, helping to prevent work-related accidents and injuries. At Auto Extract, we specialise in the extraction of hazardous materials. Working with fumes, dust, wood, and other processes can be a significant health risk. The HSG129 guidance booklet released by the HSE provides health and safety advice tailored to engineering workshops. The guide offers information on key safety measures for specific processes, such as welding, including the use of extraction equipment, screens and eye protection, and protective clothing.

Local exhaust ventilation systems are critical products for controlling exposure levels, however, they must be used correctly and safely. HSG129 states that systems must be thoroughly examined "every 14 months for most processes" or "every six months where metal articles are abraded or polished for more than 12 hours a week." The document also provides information on how to make the most of an LEV system, including installing a tailored solution, keeping the hood close to the source of contamination, and ensuring the fan draws air away from the operator.

The HSE also has an EH40/2005 guide for workplace exposure limits. A workplace exposure limit (aka WEL) is the legal limit of exposure to toxic particles. This framework provides guidance on the maximum exposure someone may be able to endure within a specified timeframe before it is considered too dangerous. Exposure levels should be regularly monitored to ensure that employees are working below the workplace exposure limits.



The Health Risks Associated with Workshops

The health risks that employees can face within a workshop environment may vary depending on the individual work that the business performs. Hazardous particulates that you may face can include welding fumes, dust, diesel fumes, wood dust, wood chippings, and silica dust, to name just a few possibilities. Exposure to harmful materials can come in the form of inhalation, skin contact, injection, and swallowing. The health effects of being exposed to high levels of dangerous materials can range from short-term effects to long-term complications. Potential health problems can include skin irritation, respiratory issues, eye damage, gastro tract irritation, and skin sensation. Most significantly, exposure can lead to cancer such as lung cancer and kidney cancer.


Why It's Important to Reduce Exposure

As mentioned above, there is a wide range of health risks associated with exposure to workplace contaminants. These conditions, such as cancer, can severely impact a person's life as well as the lives of family members. Reducing exposure is, first and foremost, essential for preventing employees from contracting a serious illness. There is clear evidence linking specific substances with health effects, which is why workshops should take reasonable measures to protect the welfare of their workers. Workshop extraction systems are vital to creating a pollution-free environment that is clean, safe and healthy. Extractors will filter out particles in the air and prevent people from breathing in toxic materials that can cause cancer, such as welding and diesel fumes. A workshop dust extractor works to eliminate very fine particles quickly, a feature that is highly advantageous to fast-working environments and businesses like workshops that deal with the smallest of debris. Systems will also help protect machinery, allowing them to last longer.


The Potential HSE Sanctions for Workshops

The Health and Safety Executive is involved in regulating workplace safety and ensuring that employers take steps to maintain the health, safety and wellbeing of their employees and visitors. The HSE can take enforcement action if a business fails to comply with the law, deal with serious risks or uphold its responsibilities. The regulator can take several actions to enforce workplace health and safety, including providing advice, issuing cautions, serving notices, or pursuing prosecution proceedings. For workshops, there are several risks to mitigate, including air pollution of welding fumes, dust and diesel fumes. If you fail to follow regulations and avoid implementing solutions to reduce risk, workers may end up with severe health complications. The sanctions for not maintaining employee health and safety can vary. Punishments often include heavy fines, community orders, disqualification orders, remedial action, and in the most serious cases, imprisonment.



The Right Workshop Extraction Solution for Your Needs

Auto Extract Systems can help specify and design the right workshop dust extractor for your business's requirements. Over the last 20 years, we've helped thousands of businesses create dust and fume free workplaces. As experts in all things LEV, we can help your business become HSE COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) Regulation 2002 compliant with a tailored LEV solution. We provide comprehensive design, installationcertification and maintenance services across a range of industry sectors.

We only use the highest quality products and installations come complete with a 12-month installation warranty. Find out more about our LEV Installations service.

To find out more about workshop extraction and how we can help you find the right local exhaust ventilation (LEV) system for you and your business, head over to our News section. Request a FREE LEV site assessment today by clicking the button below, or call us on 01942 267444 or email


Request a FREE LEV Site Assessment

Get in touch with us today to arrange your FREE LEV site assessment! We'll call you to book a convenient time and date for our team to visit your workshop. We'll analyse your working processes, assess the substances used and the contaminants generated. We'll work out how best to control the dust and fume in a way that's in line with your COSHH risk assessment. Next, we'll design you a comprehensive LEV system that adheres to HSG258 guidance and send this you to via email.

We'll do all this to ensure we fully understand your dust and fume extraction requirements and help you to provide a pollution-free workplace!

This is an amazing service we do for thousands of businesses throughout the UK and Ireland every year. We work with such a wide variety of industries, from manufacturing, industrial, woodworking, pharmaceutical and automotive bodyshops to schools, colleges and military establishments.

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A Checklist for Choosing the Right LEV Supplier

Checklist - How to Choose a Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) Supplier

If your workshop is in the market for a new Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) system, it can be a tough decision to decide which is the best LEV solutions provider to choose. We want to help, so we’ve assembled a checklist (and article) to guide you towards selecting the right LEV supplier for your business and requirements. Visit our article on How to Choose a Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) Supplier and download the checklist.


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To find out more about the latest workshop dust extraction LEV installations we've been working on, check out our Case Studies section.


Why Should You Choose Us?

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Auto Extract Systems is the UK’s leading Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) company. Over the last 20 years, we've helped thousands of businesses create dust and fume free workplaces.

As experts in all things LEV, we can help your workshop become COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) Regulation 2002 compliant with a tailored LEV solution. We provide comprehensive design, installation, maintenance and certification services across a range of industry sectors. Find out more about us here.


We Have Workshop Extraction Solutions For...

  • Metal Fabricators
  • Universities
  • Bodyshops
  • Woodworkers
  • Joineries
  • Colleges
  • Farmers
  • Welders
  • Manufacturing Plants
  • And many more...


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To find out more about the latest LEV installations we've been working on for workshops and other industries, visit our Case Studies section.


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Experts Across Multiple Industries

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High Quality LEV Design, Supply & Installation

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Fully Accredited With CHAS, ISO and More!

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12 Month Installations Warranty

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Free LEV Site Assessments, UK-Wide

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