Fume Extraction Systems

Overview

 

Fume extraction systems are specialist local exhaust ventilation (L.E.V.) systems provided to capture, convey and disperse / filter airborne fumes and vapors in the workplace.

The reason for fume extraction?

 

In today's workplace there are numerous hazards that have the potential to cause harm to unsuspecting employees. 

 

Thousands of people die from work-related lung diseases every year, in many cases due to exposures that took place many years before. Breathing in certain dusts, gases, fumes and vapors in the workplace can cause serious, long-term lung damage. Diseases like, asbestosis, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, emphysema and even lung cancer, all cause severe, often incurable, health problems that can ruin lives.

 

Fume extraction (L.E.V.) systems therefore require careful individual consideration of the process and the airborne contaminant to be controlled.

Legal Requirements -

 

The Health and Safety at Work act, Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (C.O.S.H.H.) and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations all place a legal requirement on owners of LEV systems to ensure that they are controlling the operator’s exposure to harmful substances.

 

A Thorough Examination and Test forms part of this legislative requirement where HSG 258 “Controlling airborne contaminants at work” provides guidance on the minimum requirements.

 

The content of the L.E.V. Thorough Examination and Test is individual to each system installation and the frequency of the test is dependent on the process and can vary from 1 month to a maximum of 14 months intervals. All records must be kept for a period of 5 years.

How can Expervent help?

 

With vast experience in fume extraction system design, manufacture and installation we can provide the best possible all round solution to suit your process and budget.

 

Our in house Design and Service Engineers currently hold the British Occupational Hygiene Society's

 

P601  -  Thorough Examination & Testing of Local Exhaust Ventilation Systems

 

P602  -  Basic Design Principles of Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) Systems

 

These BOHS training modules are based upon Health and Safety Guidance document HSG 258 “Controlling airborne contaminants at work”

 

We can survey your current production process and offer free impartial advice on existing system optimization, existing system upgrades or completely new installations.

 

Our friendly design staff can take you through proposed design options and offer the best solutions from a wide range of international suppliers to suit your requirements and budget.

We have been successfully designing and installing equipment from the above list of manufacturers for over 20 years.

 

Contact Expervent on 0191 489 5400 / enquiries@expervent.com for your free L.E.V. assessment,

 

Expervent Ltd.

4c Kings Court Industrial Park

Blackett Street

Jarrow

Tyne & Wear

NE32 3QS

 

Tel: 0191 489 5400

enquiries@expervent.com

Useful Links

What is a Local Exhaust Ventilation System?

Guidance on Local Exhaust Ventilation Selection

Institute of Local Exhaust Ventilation Engineers

Guidance on the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health

Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers

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