Ventilation is the EfW (Energy From Waste) sector is one of the biggest hurdles that planners and safety advisers have to face. In fact, ventilation is rarely as important as it is it this sector. Afterall, it produces a plethora of hazardous gasses, such as methane and carbon monoxide and hydrogen.
Any areas which contain these gases, special attention is required and the correct ventilation system to make both the inside and surrounding areas safe is essential.
So it’s obvious that suitable ventilation systems are imperative within these hazardous areas. This is not only important to ensure a safe working environment for all employees, it also reduces any pollutant damage to the immediate surrounding areas, which could be residentially or commercially used.
More often than not, construction companies and building managers will overlook the importance of ventilation systems when the area is being built, which can cause problems for companies in the EfW sector.
To ensure that they sufficiently and successfully remove any potentially toxic gases from a work environment and provide fresh clean air for employees, all ventilation systems need to be given attention prior to installation.
Aspect such as the welding, design and materials used in the ventilation systems have a huge impact on how effective they are once installed.
When the state of any material changes, you run the risk of creating chemicals and gases which can be hazardous to their employees.
When taking toxic gases into account, it is worth considering the use stainless steel ductwork, as it is non-corrosive and won’t need to be replaced or require regular maintenance. This is obviously more costly in the initial stages, but can save substantial costs further down the line.
The overall design and substance of the ventilation system will have an impact on how safe it is, so vigorous risk assessments and safety processes need to be conducted throughout the process.
The amount of renewable energy that is produced by EfW plants in the UK is rising year on year, and with it, the importance of ensuring that it is safe and clean rises. Employee safety and proper ventilation is becoming more and more prevalent, so it’s of massive importance that companies within the EfW sector to comply with all of the safety regulations and practice ventilation maintenance and regulation.
High-quality ventilation systems will also be capable of preventing fires in industrial factors and stopping them from spreading.