Woodworking Dust Collection Units, Local Exhaust Ventilation [LEV] Units, Newcastle
Wood dust can cause serious health problems, particularly when it is being breathed in on a regular basis. Workers who come into contact with this type of dust frequently include carpenters, joiners and anybody whose work environment produces wood products. Timber processing is a substantial industry within the UK producing materials for property building, shed construction furniture making, wooden instruments and paper product generation.
It is known that employees exposed to wood dust are four times more likely to develop asthma than people in other occupations. Dust from sawing, cutting and abrading wood can cause skin disorders, lung disease and even cancer, usually of the nose. This is the case with fine airborne particles or even dust which has settled.
Industrial Wood Dust Extraction Units Design, Manufacture & Supply
Both hardwood and softwood dust are hazardous and their Workplace Exposure Limit [WEL], is set at 5mg/m3. This is the official cut off point, and indicates the acceptable level of airborne dust over an eight hour day, although exposure must preferably be kept to a minimum where possible.
The Health & Safety Executive maintain that every manufacturer and employer whose staff work with wood dust, are required to provide properly functioning dust extraction or local exhaust ventilation [LEV]. These wood dust extraction systems should be carefully designed taking into account:
- The type of machine that will be connected to it plus how many there are.
- The layout of the facility or workshop.
- The need for comprehensive manufacturers information on things like air flow and extraction cross-sectional areas or volume flow rates (VFR) required for each extraction connection, for each machine.
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Effective wood dust extraction units like the Unimatic range provided by Unicorn Sheet Metal Works Ltd, safely capture this dangerous form of dust and dispense with it before any damage or harm can be caused. It is highly advisable to educate employees on the possible hazards of wood dust and how to control it. They should also be knowledgeable about using the wood dust extraction system, and how to check whether or not it is working to its full potential.
Operators should be able to recognise when maintenance is needed and carry out any appropriate checks as indicated by industrial dust extraction unit manufacturers. LEV or wood dust extraction systems are required by law to be examined by a qualified and competent person at least every 14 months. These measures will ensure that wood dust collection units from Unimatic are performing well and providing clean healthy, breathable air within the building.
There are certain common sense guidelines which should be adhered to when it comes to working where wood dust is a possible risk. These include using an industrial vacuum cleaner which meets the Class M classification, as opposed to sweeping up or using compressed air to get rid of dust. These actions will agitate the dust and cause it to become airborne and thus easily inhaled. Jobs that involve sanding or other extremely dusty processes, call for additional protection as well as the wood dust extraction. This includes wearing properly fitting Respiratory Protective Equipment like a suitable face mask, and this should also be maintained as per recommendation.
British Made LEV Systems, Wood Processing Dust Extraction Manufacturers, Bolted Assembly
Employers in these settings, should implement low level health surveillance, in the form of a questionnaire for each worker on commencement of their role to ascertain any existing health conditions. This will assess and establish the state of an employees health and aims to protect the health of workers and help prevent future health problems related to wood dust. Collecting data in this way ensures an accurate evaluation of any adverse changes affecting the employee. After the initial questionnaire is completed, a further should follow 6 weeks later. Subsequent forms can be filled in at yearly intervals.
As asthma is a particular threat where wood dust is concerned, any indicators must be picked up early and acted upon. If it appears that somebody may have been affected by exposure to wood dust, more intensive health surveillance must be carried out. By carrying out the above procedures employees are made aware of any risks and recognis that their employer is behaving responsibly and looking after their interests.
Industrial Wood Dust Extraction Units from Unimatic offer a completely bespoke solution for any wood processing plant, factory or workshop. These British made modular LEV systems are able to fit snugly into small and awkwardly shaped spaces, and can be produced to exact specifications.