When work is being carried out in the automotive industry, it is crucial that proper fume extraction systems are put in place because of the many possible dangers from vehicle exhaust fumes. Employees and employers should be aware of the bad effect that fumes from the automotive industry has on health, including irritated eyes and serious lung conditions and diseases, including Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It’s imperative that HSE and COSHH regulations are followed in order to prevent these diseases and avoid costly fines.

From mobile fume extractors to integrated fume extraction systems, we offer all types of ventilation systems for the automotive industry.

There are some quick pointers that can help ensure you are protecting workers within a garage or MOT bay specifically.

Vehicle testing

  • Install tailpipe exhaust scavenge systems that are hard to damage. Connect the exhaust gas scavenger to the vehicle tailpipe and be sure to turn on extraction fans before starting vehicles
  • Turn off engine when the vehicle is not needed
  • Start up diesel-fuelled vehicles outside

Equipment 

  • Keep the workplace well ventilated with at least 10 air changes per house. Consider wiring the extraction fans with the lighting circuit.
  • PPE respiratory protection equipment isn’t needed if extraction and ventilation are working properly
  • Check inlets for make up filters are not blocked
  • Try mobile fume extraction arms or wall-mounted hoses.

Advice

Always be sure to get an LEV assessment at least every 14 months. If you’re not sure what this is or want to book one just head to the service page.