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We offer a wide range of dust and fume extraction solutions across a wide selection of industries. Find out if you need extraction and learn about the different types of fumes and legislation:


Workplace health

All businesses, large or small, have a legal obligation to ensure a safe working environment for their people.



There are three main areas of legislation regarding extraction equipment.

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Laser fume

Lasers are now an essential tool in industry for cutting, marking, engraving and welding a vast range of materials, including metals, plastics, paper, and wood.
In virtually all these operations, some form of fume is given off as the laser thermally decomposes the substrate. This fume is a mixture of particulate and gaseous matter.
Fume from materials such as metals and glass is mostly particulate, the majority of which is less than 5µm (microns) in diameter. Organic materials, particularly plastics, produce much more complex fumes.
In tests conducted by BOFA, laser fume consisted of spherical particulate, the majority of which were between 0.5 and 10 microns.


These particles fall within the respirable range (HSE, RR878). Understanding this can be key to assessing the risks from your process.
The gaseous organic compounds produced are known as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), and include aliphatic hydrocarbons, aromatic hydrocarbons, organic acids, aldehydes, ketones, and acrylates.
Additionally, some materials have other specific groups – for example, PVC polymers generate HCl, two-component epoxy polymers yield amines, and PET generates THF.
A considerable number of these have occupational exposure limits set for them. As with the particulate element, these gases need to be removed from the workplace.

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