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Market-Leading Dust Extraction Systems
Dust extraction systems filter the air to safely capture and remove any airborne particles, leaving the air clean and breathable. Our dust extraction products work on the basic formula of capture, convey and collect. We have several high-quality dust extraction systems available to remove some of the most common particulates from the workplace, including wood dust, silica dust and general dust.
At Auto Extract Systems, we offer a wide variety of different dust extraction systems solutions for a wide variety of industries and sectors. We're experts at capturing dust in the workplace and safely processing it to help your business provide a pollution-free workplace. Our solutions include portable solutions to small bag filters and even complex cyclone filtration systems.
Depending on your business's requirements, we'll help specify the right dust extraction system for your needs. So whether you require a small bag filter and even complex cyclone filtration systems, we'll provide you with effective dust extraction and filtration solutions. We can protect workers' from any material, including wood, paper, plastic, composite, metal and many more.
Our dust extraction systems feature the latest technology to help free your working environment from dust. By utilising the latest dust extraction technologies to increase production efficiencies, profitability and even create energy-saving efficiencies.
Why Do I Need a Dust Extraction System?
As an employer, it's your duty to ensure the health and safety of your workers and site visitors at all times. Certain workplaces, such as manufacturing and industrial environments, have an increased risk of dust contaminating the air. As we will mention further on, coming into contact with dust can create a range of health risks. This is why it's vitally important that your business has an effective dust extraction system if your workplace is at risk of dust.
Dust extraction systems will improve your health and safety procedures by ensuring clean air is circulated and preventing the risk of fire hazards. Systems will also improve your product quality and operational productivity while complying with regulations. By investing in a solution, you will protect your employees from health hazards and avoid enforcement action by the Health & Safety Executive.
Inhalable dust is defined as an airborne material that is capable of entering the nose and mouth during breathing. Some dust may consist of larger or heavier particles, which can get trapped in the nose, mouth, throat or upper respiratory tract. Whilst respirable dust is defined as an airborne material that's is capable of penetrating the gas exchange region of the lung (the alveoli). These can build up in the air spaces in the lung and can lead to lung damage.
It's critical to remember that dust can be a problem in almost any industry.
What are the Health Effects?
The health effects that dust can cause can prevail in almost any workplace. Depending on the types of dust you're trying to control; it can be difficult to know which HSE guidance to follow, however, we can help prevent exposure to hazardous substances.
The hazards of dust like silica and wood are well recognised and HSE produces specific guidance for these dust, but there are many more substances that generate dust as part of the working process.
We can help your business control exposure to dust at work to avoid ill health with our dust extraction systems. In HSE's EH44: Dust in the Workplace - General Principles of Protection guidance, it states that "Exposure to any dust in excessive amounts can create respiratory problems" and can cause, "Harmful effects from skin irritation to lung cancer depending on the dust type and length of exposure."
Other health implications can include skin sensation, eye damage, gastro tract irritation (if they enter the digestive tract) and affecting organs and tissues in the body if they enter the bloodstream (via the alveoli).
How Much Does a Dust Extraction System Cost?
There are several types of dust extraction systems to choose from. The price of a system will depend on which one you choose, what you need to use it for and your industry. If you require mobile extraction, you can opt for a portable filtration unit. Extraction arms are the optimal fixed solution for capturing dust before it can be inhaled. Wet collectors offer an efficient way to dispose of obnoxious fumes and dust. To protect the surrounding work areas, you can install a bespoke dust extraction booth.
Get in touch with us today to find out more about how we can offer you a bespoke, cost-effective solution for your dust extraction requirements.
Wood dust is produced when processing wood via processes such as machining operations like sawing, routing, turning and sanding.
The biggest risk from wood dust is the fine dust that is produced. Fine dust is fine enough to be respirable and can harm your health. In addition, it can spread further than away from the cutting process and have a bigger effect on the health and safety of other people within the business. Controlling exposure to hazardous dust can be achieved with local exhaust ventilation products such as our dust extraction systems.
Find out more about the health risks wood dust can cause in the HSE's WIS23: Wood Dust: Controlling The Risks guidance. In addition, you can also other HSE Advice For Managers guidance which is tailored to a wide variety of woodworking processes, including bandsaws, bench saws and crosscut saws etc.
Respirable Silica Dust (RCS)
Silica is a natural substance found in most rocks, sand and clay and products such as bricks and concrete. It is also used as filler in plastic products. Fibreglass, or glass reinforced plastic as it is technically known, also contains silica.
When these materials are cut, sanded, carved, trimmed or chopped in the workplace, they create dust that may be fine enough to be respirable. The fine dust that's produced is called respirable crystalline silica (RCS) and can cause harm to your health. It causes a health risk as it is too fine to see in normal lighting. Respiratory problems can include lung damage, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD) and bronchitis. Other problems of exposure to silica dust can include skin irritation, impaired vision, dermatitis, and more.
Also, find out more information about the HSE's dustbuster campaign launched to help businesses provide dust-free workplaces in the wood, construction and food manufacturing industries.
How Often Do I Need to Service a Dust Extraction System?
Dust extraction systems require extensive care and attention to keep them in good working condition when in use. The system is there to protect people from harmful substances like dust and fumes. However, if there is a fault with the system, then various workplace health and safety hazards can be created. A faulty system will not work as intended and may lead to toxic contaminants entering the environment.
The Health and Safety Executive states that LEV systems must be tested at least every 14 months. Carrying out a thorough service at regular intervals before a test will prevent you from failing the examination and ensure the equipment works correctly and is in good working order. An LEV service features several crucial tasks, including identifying faults and cleaning filters. We recommend that you pair servicing with a Planned Preventative Maintenance Program to ensure you never miss a test or service. Our team will keep you up-to-date on planning and scheduling everything you need to remain compliant.
What Does the Law State?
In HSE's EH44: Dust in the Workplace guidance, it states: "Exposure to all such dust needs to be prevented or, where this is not reasonably practicable, adequately controlled." Prevention should be achieved with local exhaust ventilation, such as dust extraction systems.
Under the COSHH regulations, employers should regard dust as a substance hazardous to health, these can include a mixture of compounds, micro-organisms or natural materials, such as flour, stone or wood dust. The substance being used, or being generated as part of the working process should be controlled as per the HSE's Workplace Exposure Limit Guidance. Learn more about Workplace Exposure Limits in the paragraph below.
Workplace Exposure Limits
In EH40 guidance categorises important information about harmful substances, including whether substances are skin sensitisers, carcinogenic, or whether biological monitoring guidance is required. Click here to read our article, What are Substance WELs (Workplace Exposure Limits)?In the article, you'll find which hazardous substances have exposure limits and how their concentrations are measured over simulated working day periods.
Essential Elements of COSHH
The legal requirements require employers to complete regular COSHH risk assessments. Regulation 7 first requires employers to make all conscious efforts to follow the COSHH hierarchical approach. The hierarchal approach recommends that substances should be substituted from the process to either eliminate or reduce the risk of exposure. However, if elimination or substitutions can't be avoided, control measures, such as engineering controls should be implemented to control the risk.
COSHH Regulations place the duty of care on employers to ensure employees (and other people in a workplace) who may be exposed to specific substances are protected. To find out more about the necessary steps to take to ensure your workplace complies with the COSHH Regulations, read our article, The 7 Essential Elements of COSHH [Infographic].
How to Control Exposure
Once a formal risk COSHH assessment has been completed, prevention of dust exposure should be the first objective. Dust can easily be eliminated from the workplace with personal protective equipment and suitable engineering controls, including specialist dust extraction systems.
HSE's EH44: Dust in the Workplace guidance states that: "Removing the dust by effective LEV should always be given priority" and that, "PPE should only be considered as a control measure as a last resort."
In the majority of cases, the most effective method of extracting airborne substances, such as dust is to capture at-source. We always recommended at-source extraction and depending on the working processes undertaken, LEV systems built into the machine or the process (that creates the dust). This prevents dust from dispersing into the broader working environment because of cross draughts and air movements, which can reduce the LEV system's efficiency.
The HSE request you to only employ competent experienced specialist LEV trained companies when making these important decisions. Specifying an appropriate system has many facets including, the products encountered, the quantity and allowed exposure to that contaminant, airflow rates required against WELs (Workplace Exposure Limits).
Checklist to Help You to Choose the Right LEV Supplier
If you’re 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 help guide you to select 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.
Industries We Serve
We've helped businesses across a broad range of industries and sectors, these include, but are not limited to:
Construction, including respirable silica dust
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We'll call to arrange a convenient time and date to visit your site. 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 workshops to schools, colleges and military establishments.
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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 with a wide range of dust extraction systems.
As experts in all things LEV, we can help your business 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.
Industry processes we can add value to:
Wood dust, shavings and chippings
Industrial dust and fume
Construction, including respirable silica dust (RCS)
Vehicle bodyshop dust
Buffing, finishing and polishing dust
Airline refinishing and cleaning
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We'll call to arrange a convenient time and date to visit your site. 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.