Clean Air Enhances Health and Efficiency
Ecological sensitive, clean and quiet industrial workplaces promote the long-term health and safety of your workforce. Acculift designs air purification and dust collection systems for optimal air movement, lower maintenance costs, and conservation of energy resources. We can help you reduce airborne contaminants, such as manganese, to meet provincial and federal regulatory approvals.
In a workplace, such as welding shops or manufacturing facilities, ventilation is used to control exposure to airborne contaminants. It is commonly used to remove welding fumes (manganese and hexavalent chromium are found in weld smoke), dust, oil mists (or oil mist collection), and vapours, in order to provide a healthy and safe working environment. All ventilation systems follow the same basic principles but each system is designed specifically to match to the type of work, the workstation, and the rate of contaminant released at that workstation. Acculift’s clean air systems are designed to move a specific amount of air at a specific speed (velocity), which results in the removal (exhaust) of undesirable contaminants.
There are four primary benefits of increased ventilation in the workplace:
- Provide a continuous supply of fresh outside air,
- Maintain temperature and humidity at comfortable levels,
- Reduce potential fire or explosion hazards,
- Remove or dilute airborne contaminants.
Clean air systems are considered an engineering control to remove or control contaminants released in indoor work environments. It is one of the preferred ways to control employee exposure to air contaminants and to increase worker safety.
There are two primary types of clean air systems: dilution and local, both of which can have dust collection.
A local exhaust system is used to control air contaminants by trapping them at or near the source, in contrast to dilution ventilation which lets the contaminant spread throughout the workplace. Local exhaust systems are generally a far more effective way of controlling highly toxic contaminants before they reach the workers’ breathing zones, such as dust from sanding or flash from welding. This type of system is usually the preferred control method if:
- Air contaminants pose serious health risks,
- Large amounts of dust or fumes are generated,
- Increased heating costs from ventilation in cold weather are a concern,
- Emission sources are few in number,
- Emission sources are near the workers’ breathing zones.
Whereas a dilution exhaust system controls pollutants generated at a work site by ventilating the entire workplace.