Industrial ventilation is very important as it ensures the well-being and safety of employees. In industries employees are subjected to dangerous vapours, chemicals, and gasses regularly. It is absolutely true that effective industrial ventilation can actually be the separator of life and death. The basic concepts behind industrial ventilation are quite simple. However, Local Exhaust Ventilation or LEV Testing by an experienced engineer is what makes a ventilation installation success.
What is industrial ventilation? It is a method of controlling toxic chemicals, volatile airborne substances and flammable vapours which are obtained by employee exposure by removing the contaminated air. The contaminated air is replaced with clean and fresh air. There are several industries where poisonous gases and vapours are huge problems as they are very risky. Industrial ventilation is used to get rid of solvent vapours, poisonous or volatile dust and welding and oil mists.
According to regulations suggest that industrial ventilation becomes compulsory when:
- the levels of contaminants exceed regulated levels;
- the lower explosive limit of flammable vapours is exceeded
- when the oxygen concentration in an area drops below a certain percentage
Both employees and others who may be exposed by complying with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) have to be protected. COSHH is a useful tool of good management which sets eight basic measures that employers, and sometimes employees, must take. COSHH report is hence very important. According to COSHH, substances which are classified as toxic, very toxic, corrosive, harmful or irritant are very hazardous. Biological agents and dusts in substantial concentrations are also classified as hazardous substances. Breach of the regulations by an employer or employee is a crime, punishable on summary conviction with a fine.
Hence, it is a compulsion that all employers must take necessary measures for the safety of employees.