Breathe Easy With The Proper Powered Ventilation System
In an ideal world, natural ventilation would be all we need to maintain decent air quality in your municipal recycling center. Unfortunately, many of these facilities are too enclosed and contain materials with too much air debris to allow this. Powered ventilation systems can solve this problem, however. Powered vents pull hot, dirty air out of a building and allow fresh air to replace it. This can be a crucial solution to your recycling facility, especially when safety of your employees is at stake. Design Components Inc. is here to explain everything you need to know.
Why Ventilation is Important
Adequate ventilation prevents air pollutants from impacting the health of you and your staff. Additionally, having proper airflow in your facility will get rid of any unwanted smells. There is also a less obvious reason to ensure the right ventilation. Airflow determines the amount of moisture in your facility. If the environment remains too damp for too long, mold will develop in your building. This can pose additional health risks to anyone spending prolonged time in the area. If these points are not enough to sway you, you might consider that proper ventilation is required under OSHA standards.
OSHA Air Quality Requirements
Recyclable materials can break, fall apart, and begin to rot while inside the facility. The moving and shaking of these materials on the line sends dust and other harmful debris into the air. This debris can include: dust from paper, plastic, and glass; mold from wet paper, rotting wood, and old food; bacteria from rotting materials; chemicals from cleaning products, pesticides, and paint; exhaust from trucks and other vehicles.
Here are some OSHA-approved solutions to harmful air quality in your recycling facility:
- Install Exhaust Ventilation – This exhaust system should be close to the belt to remove dust before it gets into the rest of the workplace.
- Provide Respiratory Protection – You can use two different types of respirators to protect your workers: a N95 dust mask or an air purifying respirator with N100 or P100 cartridges.
- Avoid Diesel Exhaust – Whenever possible, keep trucks outside the facility. If trucks must enter the building, they should be immediately turned off. No idling.
Roof Fans vs Wall Fans
Power ventilators are roof or wall mounted fans used for ventilating a building or space. The roof fans are mounted on top of a building and constructed of either galvanized steel or aluminum material. They use the vertical discharge design and have dampers that protect against rain and snow, even while the fan is in operation. Meanwhile, the wall exhaust fans feature heavy galvanized steel and “x-wing” automatic belt tensioning systems. Both of these fans will provide your recycling facility with adequate ventilation for your safety.
Get The Best Powered Ventilation With Design Components Inc.
With 40 years of experience as a metal building accessories supplier, we at Design Components Inc. believe in quality, safety, and great customer service. Our team of visionaries and engineers work together to bring safe, economical, durable, and practical accessories that will enhance your building’s functionality and productivity potential.
Equip your municipal recycling center with a quality ventilation system from Design Components. Contact us or give us a call at (800) 868-9910 to learn how we can help you.