Industrial Ventilation Systems For Your Workplace

Jul 30, 2014

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Your industrial workplace most likely experiences the accumulation of toxic chemicals, vapors, fumes, or smoke. Industrial ventilation systems limit employees’ exposure to polluted air in your workplace by exhausting that air away from your plant or factory and exchanging it with pure air. As an employer, you are responsible for your employees health in regard to their working conditions. Administrations such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and laws such as the Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act (WISHA) require employers to limit the amount of harmful air in their workplace for the sake of their employees. industrial ventilation systems In fact, industrial ventilation, or some other means of limiting contaminated air, is required by WISHA under such conditions as when the contaminants in the air are above their permitted limits, when the low explosive threshold of combustible fumes is surpassed, and when the air’s oxygen level is lower than 19.5%. Considering industrial ventilation systems are so important for you and your employees, it is probably in your best interest to gain some knowledge about them. For starters, there are three types of ventilation for workplaces, which require three separate types of ventilation systems. The first is indoor air quality ventilation. This type of ventilation system is used predominantly to bring fresh air through heating and cooling systems. These types of systems are thus used in non-industrial workplaces. Therefore, you will want to focus on the other two types.

The Two Types of Industrial Ventilation Systems

  1.    Diluted Ventilation: The industrial ventilation system required for diluted ventilation does just what the name suggests. It dilutes the polluted air by bringing in pure air and getting rid of only some of the unclean air. The advantages of this type of system include lower costs and less maintenance. However, these systems obviously do not completely take care of the polluted air in your workplace and thus should not be used in areas with very large amounts of gas or smoke, or in areas with especially toxic forms of fumes. On the other hand, this type of system will due for minor quantities of mildly noxious fumes.
  2.    Local Exhaust Ventilation: The industrial ventilation systems used for this type of ventilation seize the polluted discharges at the source and discard them outdoors. This ventilation is sufficient for any type of contaminations and is thus obligatory for extremely noxious substances in the air. The down side to these systems is greater installation and maintenance cost and time. However, this type actually uses less energy, which lowers long-term costs.

Industrial ventilation is a necessity for the health of your employees and the success of your business. Imperial Systems offers high quality ventilation equipment and is interested in partnering with you for your ventilation needs. For more information and a free quote, contact us today!