Capturing & Filtering Particulates
Capturing & Filtering
The capture and filtration of particulates in the air is more complicated than simply blowing air across a filter. There are numerous types of airborne particulates, each with its own characteristics and issues.
- Non-explosive dry dust – Dry dust is a fairly innocuous material that can be removed with forced air blowers and appropriately sized filters. It is not poisonous or allergy- inducing. The issues this type of dust create are a stuffed nose, coughing or an allergic reaction. By far, it is the easiest particulate to deal with.
- Refractory (silica) dust – This specific type of dust is created by cutting bricks on installation and breaking them up upon removal. Inhaled silica can cause everything from simple inflammation to irreparable scarring of the lungs as well as chronic conditions like asbestosis.
- Metal spray – The thermal atomization of metal materials to create a spray produces a prodigious amount of potentially lethal dust and fumes. The dust particles are extremely fine, about 100 nanometers in width, which a thousand times smaller than a human hair. It takes very specialized filtration systems to deal with these types of particulates.
- Combustion byproducts – Combustion generates a wide variety of byproducts from harmless water vapor and nitrogen dioxide to more noxious compounds such as carbon monoxide. The combustion process also produces a fair amount of large, but easy to contain particulate matter.
- Welding fumes – The airborne debris created by the welding process is relatively localized; therefore, a small filtration system can probably meet your needs. The welding process does create quite a number of harmful byproducts including slag, ultra-fine particles and various VOCs that should be taken very seriously.
Reduce Workplace Hazards by Capturing & Filtering Particulates with IVS
Air quality is a huge concern when it comes to confined spaces, especially where dust is involved. Dust is remarkably dangerous when working in confined spaces, posing a health hazard when inhaled by a person and if under the right conditions, dust can potentially be explosive. Significant dust levels also lower the visibility in a work environment leading to lowered productivity and a greater chance of mishap. For these reasons, it is vital for a company employing workers in a confined space to capture and filter the dust in an ongoing manner and not just after the fact.
Expertise & Experience
Our team of experts at Innovative Ventilation Systems understands the difficulties of dust and particulates in confined spaces. Our technicians can perform an on-site inspection to evaluate your situation and then they make recommendations about which dust filtration system would be best for your situation. Our fully qualified techs then install a system that can be depended on to work efficiently, reliably and affordably.
A Cleaner Environment
From an environmental standpoint, the capturing and filtering of dust is also a win-win situation. Not only are people spared the stress of dealing with potentially harmful particulates but it’s also prevents the release of potentially dangerous particulates into the environment. Our filtration systems accomplish effectively filter dust and particulates while exceeding the standards set by any state or federal regulations regarding the process.
IVS professionals are committed to increasing the health and safety of confined space work environments in a manner that is based on integrity and excellence. To learn more about the solutions we can provide to maximize your investment in air quality, we invite you to contact us.