It is important to use the correct safety equipment to remove these hazardous substances. Inhaling fine particles is more dangerous than big particles as these get caught more easily and block the alveoli in the lungs.
To protect the operator it is important to use an extraction system that is able to separate these particles and gases and then re-circulates the cleaned air back into the work place.
This also saves energy and reduces energy costs.
1 Long term exposure to airborne particles and gases can cause permanent damage to human beings.
2 Thousands of workers all over the world contract occupational lung- and other diseases, including cancer, each year. They develop them because they breathe in too much dust, fumes or other airborne contaminants at work.
3 At least 20 % of the employees in the soldering area indicate clinical symptoms of asthma.
4 Occupational asthma is a major issue in electronics manufacturing because when a person has developed occupational asthma he/she has to be moved from that working area.
5 Breathing with occupational asthma feels like breathing through a straw.
6 When asthma symptoms have developed, they are permanent and irreversible.
7 Almost everybody who works in an industrial environment comes in contact with chemicals which contain a solvent.
8 Most dangerous gases are invisible for the naked eye.
9 For people with heart diseases, short term exposure to hazardous airborne particles, can be linked to heart attacks and abnormal heart rhythms.
10 The combination of being exposed to both gases and airborne particles is more dangerous than only being exposed to gases.