Exhaust systems for vehicle fumes

Air pollution is the cause of 40,000 deaths in the UK each year, and vehicle exhaust fumes are a significant factor in this. Vehicle exhaust gasses are present in many types of workplace. These include garages and car dealerships, MOT bays and car servicing workshops, railway-related facilities, airports, fire stations, military installations and repair shops.

Vehicle exhaust fumes contain highly dangerous poisonous gases such as carbon monoxide. As well as the risk of immediate fatal poisoning if concentrated levels of a gas are inhaled, exposure to vehicle fumes can cause irritation of the eyes and respiratory tract – and over the long-term can increase the risk of lung cancer.

Vent-Tech work with companies where people are at risk from vehicle fumes. We help them control this risk and comply with HSE legislation. Companies that we have worked with include Bombardier, Peverell Garage, Cardiff Bus and Newquay Airport.

What processes pose vehicle exhaust risk?

Vehicle exhaust fumes pose a number of risks in the workplace:

  • When vehicles are idling for long periods or used intermittently for short periods, exposure to the fumes they produce is harmful. When started up indoors there is little scope for the fumes to disperse naturally.
  • Diesel engines emit more harmful substances at the start when they are running cold and white smoke is emitted.
  • The soot content (carbon particle) of diesel fumes can account for between 60%-80% of the exhaust fumes. This contains harmful contaminants. For instance, there is a layer of dangerous polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Once inhaled, these fumes can cause asthma attacks, breathlessness and coughing.
  • Engines that are fuelled by petrol and gas (LPG) produce much less soot than diesel engines but the fumes contain a higher level of carbon monoxide gas which can kill.

It is the legal responsibility of the employer to reduce the presence of these dangerous fumes, as governed by the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH).

How an LEV system can help you manage vehicle exhaust emissions

LEV systems are the key way in which you can control the risks posed by exhaust fumes whilst keeping your staff safe and fulfilling legal obligations. Vent-Tech operates on a national scale and we will take the time to understand your situation before recommending solutions.

By analysing your business operations we can advise you on how to achieve a fully HSE compliant LEV system. The types of systems used where vehicle exhaust fumes are present include simple flexible hose arrangements, exhaust hose reels, rail systems (which are particularly suited to emergency services providers), and if necessary a bespoke solution.

Find out more

The Vent-Tech team is one of the UK’s most respected LEV experts. We can design and install the right ventilation system for your workplace. One that safely removes vehicle exhaust gas from the environment, thereby protecting your employees, and keeping you legally compliant.

To find out more about how an extraction system can reduce fumes in your workplace, contact our team on 0117 964 7945.

 

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