When setting up a new business or going ahead with an expansion of current operations, you may find yourself in a position where you’ll need to go about the installation of dust/fume extraction hardware oran LEV system of some sort. In a pretty huge proportion of industrial environments, ventilation and extraction systems are absolutely mandatory to ensure the provision of clean air and the removal of dust, fumes and general toxins that could otherwise be breathed in by the workforce.
Should you find yourself in such a position for the first time, it can be a little tricky to know where to head, what to ask for and indeed what kinds of questions to ask. There are plenty of providers up and down the UK offering just the kinds of services you’ll be looking for, but not all are of the same calibre. More so, you won’t be able to get what it is you need right down to the letter if you don’t establish what it is you need ahead of time. And while you yourself may not be able to decide on all the technical aspects of the installation, what you most certainly can do is keep in mind a few simple yet essential considerations that will make the whole sourcing, supplying and installing process much easier.
Finding the ideal dust collector, extractor and extraction system is never simple. You will need time and expert advice to properly assess the advantages and disadvantages each system may bring to your business.
Assessing Your Needs
For example, the first thing to think about is exactly what it is your line of work produces that needs to be extracted or filtered in the first place. If, for example, you’re working in an environment that produces ton after ton of sawdust every day, chances are you’ll be needing a wholly different installation than a factory floor handling dangerously toxic chemicals and gases. In order to make the process as easy as possible, it’s a case of thinking about what it is your workplace generates, how much of it gets generated on a daily basis and the extent of the area that could be affected by the dust, fumes or pollutants.
These are the very first questions you’re likely to be asked by your prospective installation provider, so it’s a good idea to have the answers prepared ahead of time.
Something else that will have a marked impact on what it is your workplace needs to remain safe and above board are the standard working practices you operate by on a daily basis. For example, if you’re looking to have an LEV system installed across a large factory floor where 100 employees work 24 hours a day, you’re going to need a very different system to a smaller room with eight employees only working six hours each day. Or on other words, along with thinking about the size of the area you’re looking to cover with the LEV, you also need to think about how long each day it will be in operation.
Will it be on constantly throughout each shift, or do you only require it to be turned on and off when certain specific jobs are carried out? It’s good to think about this before making the call.
In addition, the ductwork and general hardware required to go about the installation will of course necessitate a certain amount of space be made available to accommodate it all. This is something that’s important to consider as the less space there is to work with or the more crowded any given working environment is, the more complicated it can be to get the system installed and operational.
Of course, there’s always the rather more popular option of getting in touch with the professionals and making arrangements for a full inspection and evaluation to be carried out on your behalf. There will of course be things that you and you alone know about your business and how it operates, but in terms of the actual specifics of installing the equipment and exactly what equipment is needed, this is something best left in the hands of the professionals.
There are infinite variations of the types of LEVs available and no two installations are ever the same. As such, it pays to bring in the experts, even at cost, to make sure that your own workplace gets the bespoke solution it both needs and deserves.