Ventilation Fans’ Contribution to Workplace Safety
A lot of research has been done towards mitigating the harmful effects of exposure to industrial processes for workers. Of particular concern to researchers is air quality in industrial environments. As researchers’ knowledge of how humans respond to contact with the byproducts of industrial products and processes becomes more complete, the importance of limiting that contact becomes more apparent. Industry has responded to these revelations with a number of innovations, and some of the simplest and most common examples are ventilation fans.
Take the example of welding. According to the CDC, the fumes produced by welding can contain several metals, most notably manganese. While manganese is a nutrient that all people need to survive, in excess it can be toxic for the body. When it is inhaled, as can be a risk for welders, the body isn’t adequately equipped to manage its exposure to the substance. This exposure can cause damage to all kinds of essential bodily functions. Needless to say, in order to keep industrial contexts in which welding takes place safe, there must be installed in those contexts some kind of equipment that can prevent workers from becoming exposed to welding fumes. Ventilation fans are safe, effective and simple solutions to the problem of welding fume exposure in many industrial welding facilities. While they are not suitable for all welding applications, the installation of a simple industrial ventilation fan can make facilities safe for workers. When used in tandem with local exhaust ventilation equipment like fume arms, ventilation fans can be the difference between safe and dangerous welding workspaces.
Outside of the context of welding, ventilation fans are used to improve the safety of all kinds of other working environments. These environments include commercial kitchens, automotive repair facilities, manufacturing plants and a wide variety of other contexts.