Dental laboratory dust and fume extraction solutions
If you own or manage a dental laboratory, you need to be aware of the potential health and safety risks associated with the toxic fumes and particulates that are generated by CAD/CAM manufacturing, monomer mixing and hand finishing processes. It is essential you use an effective dust and fume extraction system to remove these risks from your technicians’ working environment. Our DentalPRO range includes specialist systems designed specifically to help you achieve this.
The need for dust and fume extraction in your laboratory
Dental laboratory manufacturing processes cause dust particles and fumes to be released that can be harmful if inhaled.
Health & safety
There is growing awareness of the potential health and safety issues regarding the presence of zirconia dust and monomer toxic fumes and vapours generated in dental laboratory manufacturing and hand finishing processes.
Although many of the dust particles are too small (< 5 microns) to be seen by the naked eye, doesn’t mean the dangers for technicians don’t exist! In fact, these ultra small particles can cause bronchial or lung damage.
Monomers can potentially cause a wide range of adverse health effects, from irritation to the eyes, skin and mucous membranes, through to allergic dermatitis, asthma and disturbances to the central nervous system, liver toxicity and fertility disturbances. In particular, Methacrylate (MMA), a widely used monomer in dentistry, causes abnormalities or lesions in several organs.
Protecting valuable equipment
In addition to health and safety concerns, the prolonged release of dust and particulate can lead to a build up of material on valuable production equipment, leading to additional maintenance and potentially causing reliability issues.
The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) in the UK covers substances that are hazardous to health and this obviously includes dust and fumes emitted in dental laboratories.
The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) covers substances that are hazardous to health and this obviously includes fumes from dental labs.
The BOFA solution
The use of an effective dust and fume extraction system protects dental laboratory technicians from these potentially harmful fumes and particulates; avoids the risk of costly Health & Safety litigation for the employer; and protects valuable production equipment.
BOFA’s DentalPRO range of dust and fume extraction systems effectively removes potentially harmful Zirconia dust and particulate generated during the production of dental implants. The DentalPRO Mono extraction unit is a specialist system to effectively remove Monomer toxic fumes and vapours.
All of the DentalPRO systems have large capacity, high efficiency filters and powerful vacuums, yet are quiet in operation. They combine maximum operator and capital equipment protection with low running costs.