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5 Ways to Ensure a Safe Working Environment

In order to have an efficient workplace it is important to ensure that a safe environment is provided for all employees, and that all employees are co-operating to keep the workplace as safe as possible. With a few simple measures and basic upkeeping, unnecessary accidents and health hazards can be effectively prevented.

  1. If You See Something, Say Something

No one should feel exempt from the responsibility of safety. It is important that employers emphasise the importance of communication when it comes to the issue of workplace safety. If something is wrong and needs to be repaired or enhanced, it is the responsibility of the person who first noticed to bring it to the attention of others. This is a basic method of prevention that can help avoid accidents and mishaps due to others being uninformed about potentially hazardous situations.

  1. Only Utilise Areas for their Specific Purpose

Keeping and storing all objects and machinery in their designated area can help ensure safety tremendously. When areas are cluttered or unorganised they not only cause hazard but also present an efficiency cost since employees will often have to spend time either looking for the tools they need, or uncluttering these spaces. A basic rule of thumb is to always keep pathways and exits clear, in case that if an evacuation, or something of that sort becomes necessary, there will be no difficulties exiting the premises.

  1. Stick to the Basics

As employees become more and more comfortable with the workplace, following basic protocol will seem more like a hassle than a necessity. It is important to constantly remind employees that while the rules may be tedious, they ensure a safe workplace and will keep them away from harm. No matter how many years one spends in the same job, it is imperative to always use proper equipment, follow correct procedures, participate in periodic trainings, and specially not take any shortcuts!

  1. Dust Extraction

Dust is one of the leading causes of airborne illness in the workplace. Implementing a dust extraction system will keep employees safe from lung related diseases including asthma, lung cancer, and respiratory diseases among others. Aside from the health complications that it could potentially cause, dust particles could also alter the quality of products being manufactured in the premises. Furthermore, the risk for accidents such as fires and explosions could also be prevented through the use of a proper dust extraction system.

  1. Monitor Quality of Equipment

Prevention methods are the main way in which employers can ensure a safe work environment. Testing all types of equipment regularly and making sure that they are working properly at all times will surely lower the risk of any mishaps. The condition of smaller systems such as alarms, fire detectors, and fire extinguishers is just as important as that of large machinery and equipment; thus both should be constantly monitored.

Safety is an aspect of the workplace that should never be overlooked. Taking the necessary steps to ensure a safe working environment will be beneficial for employers, their employees, and even their products by improving both efficiency and quality.

Dust extraction FAQs

What is the purpose?

Dust Extraction and Ventilation systems (for dust & fumes) are used to create breathable air quality, cleaner work environment around the factory (inside & exterior), around your expensive machinery, and of course for your workers. By removing dust & fume particles from the atmosphere or around machinery thus creating healthy, sustainable conditions. There are numerous reasons as to why people choose to install a dust collector but the main reasons are to create a safe,comfortable and healthy environment for everyone who is in the room or factory.

Who needs one?

There are many different reasons as to why you may need a dust collector. In most cases, we deal with companies or businesses who work in factories or other environments where there are lots of dust & fumes in the air. Either created by machinery, powder mixing in food, pharmaceutical, plastics, metal fabrication, mining and many more such manufacturing plants or raw material processing. However, there could be any number of reasons as to why someone needs a dustcollector.

How do they work?

There is quite a mechanical design process involved with the dust & fume particles being conveyed through the ductwork network to the filter system, driven via an extraction fan, before being discharged into a waste collection point. The thorough system is exactly why it is important to invest in a quality dust & fume extractor so that it performs its job to a high efficient standard. This will keep Work cover and the EPA away!

How do I choose the correct dust extractor?

The great thing about dust & fume extractors are that they come in a range of sizes and designs so there really is more than one out there to suit the needs of everyone! If you’re not sure which dust extractor would be best for you, give us a call today and we can point you in the right direction! There are numerous things to consider when choosing a dust extractor, such as, the volume of dust conveyed, the type of dust, density, temperature, velocity, filter media type, the size of the building, what kind of work goes on and the like.

Can I install one myself?

Yes you can. If you have a maintenance team of fitters and mechanical minded workers. Although it is quite a technical process and it is important that every single aspect is installed and working correctly. However having our team to install or having one of our supervises during the installation the would be recommended. We can even suggest a maintenance service schedule for you. We have been in the industry for many years now so we know all of the ins and outs and are more than qualified for the job!

At the end of the day, there are options out there to suit everyone so as long as you do your research you should end up with a dust extractor that is perfect for you needs! Alternatively, give us a call today and we can point you in the right direction!

Workplace Health: Asthma

Workplace Asthma is well documented and can be a common illness among industrial workers. One of the key ways that employers can prevent this is by providing good extraction in order to reduce the presence of agents that can cause respiratory problems.

Since the beginning of the industrial age with match girls in Britain and factory workers across the world there has been a need to ventilate and protect employees from debilitating respiratory conditions caused by dust and fume extraction.

Case histories from the turn of the last century make for grim reading and unfortunately so do some of ones from the turn of this century. But as our technological advances improve, develop and dominate our world, perhaps before considering the values of production companies should focus rather on the means with which to protect their workforce.