Every day, people all over the world go to work in environments where chemicals are being released into the air continuously. Prolonged exposure to many of these chemicals can pose a significant health risk. For this reason, one of the most important functions an industrial ventilation system can serve is fume collection.
Fume collection involves removing contaminated air from a workplace, filtering it to remove the hazardous materials, then recirculating the clean air back into the room. Working in an industrial environment (especially those that involve welding or soldering) without a proper fume collection system in place can result in exposure to a vast array of dangerous chemicals. This, in turn, can lead to a variety of health complications, including:
- Eye, nose, and throat irritation
- Nausea and vomiting
- Occupational asthma
- Dermatological problems (from minor skin rashes to chronic dermatitis)
- Various types of cancer (lung, larynx, urinary tract, and others)
Fume collection matters because it keeps workers safe and healthy in potentially dangerous environments. Additionally, having a reliable and effective fume collection system is often necessary for meeting OSHA and NIOSH regulations. Making sure your facility’s ventilation system can handle all of your fume extraction requirements is important for employee protection as well as legal compliance.
If you run an industrial manufacturing facility, it is your responsibility to ensure that your employees are not over-exposed to hazardous fumes on the job. You can start by making sure you have an efficient fume collection system in place.