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Understanding welding fume control for operator safety

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Fanquip  serves the entire industry spectrum with a wide range of air movement solutions designed to ensure optimum conditions at the workplace.

Fabricators for heavy industries including mining, construction and engineering can cost-efficiently upgrade workplace environments to maintain employee comfort and safety during spring and summer months.

Processes are often heat intensive, and managers are obligated by various WorkCover Authorities around Australia to provide a comfortable and safe work environment.

Fanquip recommends a sensible re-engineering of air flow systems to ensure optimum conditions throughout, instead of adding superfluous insulation products or spending unnecessarily on air conditioning systems. Fanquip’s air movement solutions ensure comfort and safety even in 24-hour operations involving a lot of welding and hard facing processes.

With hot welding activity and plasma cutting being the mainstay of many fabrication businesses, managers keen to remain ahead of any potential heat-related problems are turning to solutions that provide the best ventilation, according to air movement specialist Fanquip.

The well planned fan driven system regulates airflow within the premises, regardless of whether it operates in one or more sections.

Fanquip utilises the power of air movement with a system of strategically located fans, minimising energy consumption while achieving optimised airflows to create a constant breeze effect in the workplace.

Often, a fan system for this type of application is supplied and fitted predominantly onto the roof of the premises with associated safety walkways and rails allowing inspection and safe service.

In one installation, Fanquip engineers installed three 1200mm-diameter vertical discharge fans to control the potential for heat build-up in the manufacturing plant by safely expelling the non-toxic heat. The three fans were fitted at specific positions, and supplied with a corrugated iron integral base to match the client’s existing roof profile.

Fanquip’s roof fans offer various base profile options including Trimdek, Super Six, Spandek, Double Rim & Span 4, and Longspan.

By adding a fan-driven ventilation system in the workplace, a business not only keeps ahead of potential OH&S concerns, but can also optimise the internal working environment to meet Australian Standard target markets with the best equipment possible.

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