We are continuing our series on machine shop safety. Our previous articles covered wearing proper clothing and protection, providing all machinists with training, machine shop cleanliness, precision CNC machining equipment maintenance, establishing machine shop rules, and having clearly marked and accessible emergency exits. Today, we will examine the importance of proper ventilation.
CNC milling, CNC turning, laser cutting, laser engraving, small part machining, close tolerance machining and prototypes to production manufacturing processes often produce smoke, residue, and/or foul odors. There is little worse than not being able to breathe fresh air! The air in a precision CNC machining facility can rapidly become unbreathable if not ventilated. It is important to ensure the proper machine shop ventilation equipment is installed and regularly maintained for the safety of both employees as well as clients and other visitors.
Change Particulate Filters, Volatile Chemical Filters, Electrostatic Filters, etc.
Filters in the ventilation system must be changed on a regular basis. The timetable for changing each type is different, so it is important for the maintenance team to monitor them on a regular basis.
Clean Ducts & Fans
Ducts and fans need to be cleaned on a regular basis to ensure proper flow rate. Fans that become damaged must be replaced immediately.
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