Not yet registered? Create a OverBlog!

Create my blog

Choosing a dust collection unit for a workshop

Woodworking and machine shop dust is a serious health and safety risk. In this article, we'll look at exactly what hazards this problem causes and how to select dust collection systems that will match you or your company's needs. Read on to find out about the different types of dust extraction system and how to estimate the required air flow for your particular situation.

Health and safety risks

Breathing hazard Fine woodworking dust is responsible for many hazards in the workplace. The most obvious problem is that it represents a breathing hazard. Some forms of manufactured boards use formaldehyde-based binders which are in fact a carcinogen, this is of course a huge risk to workers and should be controlled by a dust collector. Dust extraction Airborne fine dust particles can present an explosion hazard and in industries, this risk is taken very seriously. Dust extraction can prevent lying dust from presenting a slip hazard and accumulated dust near electrical outlets can present a fire hazard. With all these potential problems, it is highly recommended to use a dust collector system in your workshop to reduce and eliminate these risks.

What to look for

Audit your power tools The first stage of the process is to audit your power tools. The higher the flow rate of an extraction system, the more dust you are able to extract. However, the limiting factor is often the size of the extraction ports on the power tools. The smaller the extraction port, the slower the air flow and extraction power for that particular tool. For hobbyist tools, look for a minimum of 5" diameter duct and for floor standing professional tools, then a port size of 8" or larger is required.
Dust collection unit The next stage is to choose a dust collection unit with a quality filtration system. Cyclone separators, which are essentially large versions of the Dyson vacuum cleaner provide the best extraction system, but like all systems they need filters. HEPA The best quality filters are HEPA but they will cost more than stock filters. These filters will remove not only large particles which you can see around the shop, but also the smaller fine dust particles that can cause long-term chronic breathing problems. When you have identified the type of extraction system that you need, possibly by calling on the advice from a professional from the health and safety executive, you will need to have the unit properly installed. Consider having your dust filtration system interlocked into your machine's operation so that it can be used. The final consideration is one of training. Make sure that all employees are aware of and know how to use the system.

Same category articles Do-it-yourself & Construction

A guide to using an air nail gun

A guide to using an air nail gun

Air nail guns, also called as pneumatic nailers, utilises compressed air to drive nails into wood or lumber. There are various kinds of air nail guns, which includes wide-crown staplers, brad nailers, trim nailers and framing nailers. When using these types of power tools, safety should be of primary consideration. Read this article to learn more.
A review of the Northern tool and equipment company

A review of the Northern tool and equipment company

Northern Tool and Equipment Company is based in Burnsville, Minnesota, and was founded by Donald L. Kotula in 1980. The website describes the company as family-run, and lists as its core values: "Know your customer. Provide Value. Act with integrity. Empower the individual. Be entrepreneurial. Have Fun." From a small, mail order company, Northern Tool and Equipment Company has expanded into a successful one with customers world-wide.
Where to buy wooden tool boxes

Where to buy wooden tool boxes

Wooden tool boxes have been popular since the 1900s and are sought for by workmen and collectors. Although they were originally made by hand, they are now manufactured by companies that make high-quality wooden tool chests of different sizes and styles. Find out where to get a wood tool box of your own in this article.
How concrete mixing plants work

How concrete mixing plants work

Have you ever wondered where all that concrete comes from when major construction sites get it 'shipped in'? The likelihood is that the concrete would have been dispatched from special concrete or asphalt mixing plants. In reality, however there is more to this area than you may think. With that in mind, here is a brief guide to how concrete mixing plants work.