Byrnes Dental rely on expert advice from BOFA to stay ahead of Health & Safety Regulations
Byrnes Dental Laboratory opened in 2006 and is a cutting edge, digital dental laboratory that offers a discreet, high quality denture service with outstanding levels of care. They have become one of Europe’s leading private dental laboratories, investing in the latest technology in digital dentistry, using evidence-based prosthodontic dentistry to provide dentures that are functional, stable and look just like real teeth.
Dental laboratories face particular workplace safety challenges as technicians are subject to known occupational hazards resulting from fume and dust generated through the milling, repairing and hand finishing of products. If left uncontrolled, most dust levels will exceed regulated occupational exposure limits.
Research suggests that dental technicians are on average exposed to 12kg of fine dust each year, generated by the working of materials such as zirconia, cobalt, nickel, beryllium, quartz, plaster, gold and plastic. Particulate can be anything between 0.01 micron and 1 micron in size (a human hair is approximately 70 microns) and all can enter the lungs.
Without an adequate filtration system, these potentially hazardous airborne contaminants can lodge in technicians’ lungs and pose a risk of progressive respiratory disease such as asthma. In addition, technicians can suffer from allergic dermatitis, irritation to the eyes, skin and mucous membranes and silicosis.
Byrnes Dental has a young work force totalling 31 employees and staying ahead of Health & Safety regulations is very important to them.
They had previously invested in a dust extraction system, but with the addition of two new 3D post process printers – and associated chemical vapours – the company sought assistance from BOFA to ensure a completely safe operating environment.
BOFA recommended its 3D PrintPRO 2 units for the two 3D Printers - low cost units that extract fumes generated by open framed 3D printers without causing the filament deposition area to be cooled. As standard, each unit is supplied with a connection hose, ‘Stay Put’ arm and conical shaped funnel, but for this application BOFA have customised the hose kit to fit directly onto the back of the 3D Printer.
This technology complements the BOFA DentalPRO Universal standalone dust extraction system that is used to remove zirconia dust particles generated during the CAD/CAM milling of dental implants.
In addition, BOFA’s bench top FumeCAB 1000 iQ integrated filtration system ensures safe operation across a broad range of applications, with its taller, larger working area.
The combination of these fume and dust extraction systems is not only controlling the airborne risks, but also preventing the build-up of dust on valuable production equipment.
Byrnes Dental now has the peace of mind that their dust and fume extraction systems are up-to-date and meet their legal obligations to their employees under the HSE and COSHH regulations to provide a safe and healthy environment. Their lab technicians can also be reassured that potentially harmful emissions are being effectively removed from the workplace.
The BOFA units have been selected to best suit the laboratory environment, either work bench or mobile standalone. They are efficient, with low noise and minimal power consumption and allow Byrnes Dental to maintain the highest levels of quality and productivity.
The advice from their experts has really helped us in ensuring we are using the most suitable systems, both practically as well as legally. Each of the systems is very different but they all deliver excellent results. I’m also keen to find out more about their ProTECT LEV Service Plan to help us maintain our systems and ensure that they continue to be effective.
Ashley Byrne, Managing Director, Byrnes Dental Laboratory