Minor modifications: ITT - smoke test
Health risk effectively controlled with small design changes and workforce involvement.
ITT used booths to control exposure to harmful gases, mists and vapours emitted during cleaning of metal components.
When smoke tests were used to check the effectiveness of the booths, the company could see it needed to make improvements.
- The first modification was to fit side flanges to the booths.
- The opening was then reduced by fitting an upstand.
The flanges reduced eddy currents at the sides of the booths.
The speed of the air entering the booth was increased by reducing the opening.
All of this greatly improved containment resulting in improved control of exposure.
Simple smoke tests are very useful for visualising air movement and helping to assess the effectiveness of local exhaust ventilation.
Big increases in effectiveness can be achieved by relatively small design changes carried out at low cost.
Listen to Mr Nick Sayer, health & safety coordinator of ITT, describe the process of introducing modifications and what the company achieved by making these changes in the video below.