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Smoke can be one of the most harmful products as a result of a fire, so dispersing the smoke safely, quickly and efficiently should be your number one priority. Even with the most effective protective equipment in a workplace setting, it is still strongly recommended to invest in the best possible smoke extraction units to protect yourselves and the surrounding areas at all times.
At Defuma, we are delighted to provide the very best smoke extraction systems on the market – available for a highly competitive price and guaranteed to stand the test of time in challenging conditions.
Over the past 40 years, our smoke extraction systems have proven incredibly popular amongst clients from various industries – proving the versatility of a smoke extraction product. Many customers have benefitted from one of these devices over the years, will you be next?
If your workplace usually runs the risk of your surroundings becoming smoke filled, or if you work in the chemical or production industry where this occurrence is likely to happen, then our smoke extraction solutions are certainly worth your attention.
If a fire occurs in your building, then you want to take the necessary measures to ensure the safety of your staff. With this in mind, our strong and durable smoke extraction systems are a great choice and can ventilate your building to a standard you can be happy with. Such systems will help visibility if the smoke is of a level that impairs this, as well as making the enclosed air easier to breathe in, potentially saving lives.
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Our wide selection of smoke extraction products are listed below. Be sure to click through for more detailed information and identify the product that suits your needs best. If you have any questions about any of our solutions, then feel free to get in touch with a member of our team today.
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Dusty High Vacuum Smoke Extraction Filter Unit
Electrostatic Air Filtration Units with Washable Filters
Extraction Arm 2 Joints
Extraction Arm 3 Joints
Extraction Arm Upright – Suspended
Extraction Set 2 Joints
Extraction Set 3 Joints
Filter-Master XL Fume Extraction Filter Unit
MaxiFil Clean Welding Smoke Filter Unit
MaxiFil Extraction Unit
What are smoke extraction systems?
Smoke extraction systems, like any industrial extraction system, remove harmful contaminants from the air in the workplace. As the name suggests, these particular systems extract smoke. This protects the people and environment that might otherwise experience health issues and pollution damage.
According to Health and Safety Regulations, all employers must protect their employees with local exhaust ventilation systems. This means removing harmful particles, gases, and vapours from the breathable air – including smoke. A system for removing smoke is also necessary if there is a fire.
Smoke extraction systems can use a range of equipment, including ducting, flexible arms, and smoke extractor fans. They need to be able to extract hot smoke and leave escape routes clear. Combustion is a risk in many lines of manufacturing work, so smoke extraction is necessary.
Why are smoke extraction systems used?
If smoke is produced during a manufacturing process, it must be efficiently extracted to prevent the area from filling up with toxic fumes. Dust, smoke, and other vapours can be very dangerous when inhaled – especially in high volumes. They can also cause damage to the building and machinery.
In the event of a fire, hot smoke can quickly cut off sight lines and fill people’s lungs. It’s crucial to have a smoke extraction system in place that can prevent the smoke from building up, enough to allow the building occupants to escape and firefighters to access the building to put the fire out.
When hot smoke rises, it can also affect the structural integrity of ceilings/floors in extreme cases, increasing the risk of collapse. Directing the smoke through equipment that’s designed to contain and transport it can help to reduce this risk. Mechanical fans can improve extraction efficiency.
How do smoke extraction systems work?
While ventilation systems allow air to move through a building, maintaining temperature and humidity, an extraction system captures harmful pollutants to prevent workers in the area from breathing them in. A smoke extraction system operates in a similar way to other extraction systems.
It typically involves a hood to collect the smoke near the source, extraction arms and ducts to carry it away, and filters to trap the harmful particles and only allow clean air through. These systems are often powered mechanically with fans to pull the smoky air in and expel the filtered air back out.
In accordance with health and safety laws, smoke control systems will usually include dampers that activate when they detect smoke. These close down to prevent smoke from circulating beyond fire barriers into the rest of the building through the extraction ducts or the main ventilation system.
What are the benefits of smoke extraction systems?
The obvious primary benefit of smoke extraction systems is that they save lives. This type of equipment is essential for businesses to continue operating successfully, because:
- Employees will be healthy and productive
Maintaining air quality is important to allow workers to do their jobs properly without compromising their health. Breathing in smoke can cause serious health problems, preventing employees from working to their previous abilities. Higher absenteeism means slower manufacturing times, too.
- Businesses will be complying with the law
If your negligence does have a negative impact on employee health, you’re likely to have to pay compensation and deal with complex legal cases. COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) is in place to prevent businesses from operating without proper employee protections.
- Machinery and products won’t be contaminated
Smoke and particles carried within it can cause damage to equipment and structures as well as people. If you allow it to clog and corrode machinery, this can shorten their working lifespan and lead to costly repairs or replacements. It can also pollute the products the machines are making.
What are the smoke extraction system requirements?
BS ISO 21927-3:2021 is the code of practice for smoke and heat control systems in the UK. Facility managers must pay as much attention to this framework as architects and surveyors at the design stage. Employers must also comply with all Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations.
These cover the appropriate usage and control of chemicals, carcinogens, and biological agents, as well as general health and safety provisions. In England, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) outlines COSHH regulations and Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) requirements for extraction.
The exact specifications of a smoke extraction system should be tailored to the particular building and substances used/produced within it. Smoke extractor equipment must be the right type for the job, professionally installed, only operated with training, and regularly checked and maintained.