LEV systems for aerospace companies

The UK has a thriving aerospace sector directly employing 120,000 people. Many of these employees will need dust and fume extraction systems as protection from harmful substances which they are exposed to in factories, hangars, R&D labs and other work environments.

The materials used in aerospace tend to be harder and more challenging than in other sectors. Adhesives are more aggressive, whilst aluminium, lithium and titanium carry explosion risks. Composites can emit fumes when they are worked on that are known to be carcinogens – like styrene.

Vent-Tech is experts in designing and installing LEV systems to counter specific risks that the aerospace industry faces. We also service and test them, and train your employees in how to use them. Aerospace companies we have worked with include Westlands, Moog and MB Aerospace.

Aerospace processes requiring LEV protection

As with other engineering environments, the kinds of processes that may require LEV protection include:

  • Mechanical cutting, shaping and abrasive blasting that produce dust.
  • Finishing fibre-reinforced plastics that produces gases and fibres
  • Soldering, welding and cutting that generate gas and fumes.
  • Working with metalworking fluids that have mists and germs.
  • The use of lubricants, paints, degreasing and stripping fluids and adhesives.
  • Working with molten salt baths and plating and pickling fluids.

You have a legal obligation to control these hazards under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH). Failure to do so can lead to the inhalation of toxic gases and dust that have short and long-term health implications ranging from breathlessness and occupational asthma to fatal conditions like cancers; skin and eye irritations; and explosion risks. Therefore, it’s essential to do everything you can to protect your employees.

Identifying the right LEV systems for aerospace companies

Our considerable experience in all aspects of LEV systems and specific work with high-profile aerospace companies means you can rest assured that we can find the right solution for you to help you control your hazardous substances.

We work with you to identify the processes that require LEV extraction in your workplace. We’ll then design LEV systems that will work in your real-world environment, rather than simply suggesting the closest off-the-shelf solution. Too often, we see companies with less expertise adopting the “off-the-shelf” approach, which ultimately leads to the work having to be done again as it does not control hazards sufficiently.

Find out more

Our aerospace industry is a great British success story. With so many people working in it, it’s essential to ensure they are adequately protected. Get in touch with us to find out how we can help you on 0117 964 7945.

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