Vocational schools have long been neglected since the 80’s when more students were influenced to get a college education. The enrollment in woodshop and metal shop went down and so did the work force in these much needed industries. The American Welding Society reports there will be a short fall of more than 400,000 welders by 2024. Older welders are reaching retirement age, and younger welders aren't replacing them fast enough. In fact, the average age of a welder is 55, and fewer than 20 percent are under the age of 35. Manufacturers depending on these vocations will need to raise salary offerings as the demand outpaces the supply of crafted workers. Students in a vocational school may be exposed to large amounts of metal fume, wood dust, grinding dust, and welding fumes if not provided with the proper ventilation system.. The school's administration has an obligation to keep the environment clean and safe for the students as well as their employees.
Activities such as welding, cutting, grinding and sanding of metal or wood produce toxic substances, which pose a great health risk. In addition to the health risk wood dust and specific metal dusts present potential fire or explosion risks. Designing dust collection systems for wood and metal dusts requires the knowledge NFPA standards specifically written for wood dust, metal dust and explosion protection.
Clean Air Company designes code complaint wood dust collection systems for vocational schools. They require the implementation of spark detection and fire suppression systems to eliminate potential ignition sources. Abort gates and isolation gates prevent explosions from re-entering the building should they occur and are required by code. Metal shops typically work with steel and mostly do welding. The risk of explosion is not a concern but the prevention of fire is. Spark removal is important to protect the filter media from catching fire. Metal dust collection systems will use spark traps and fire
retardent media to prevent fires in the dust collector.
Understanding Vocational Schools//
At a glance – Key applications in the vocational school industry:
- Wood working
At a glance – Key contaminants in the vocational school industry:
- Wood dust
- Metal dust
- Grinding dust
- Welding fume
Benefits of Vocational School Filtration and Ventilation Systems
- Increase students' attendance rates
- Reduce employee absenteeism due to sickness
- Increase facility safety
- Improve machine reliability
- Protection of workers’ health
- Minimize potential long-term liability
- Comply with OSHA regulations
- Reduce maintenance costs
- …and more!
Get Air Cleaning and Dust Collection Systems from Clean Air Company//
Clean Air Company is a family-owned and operated business, and we have provided air filtration and ventilation systems for vocational schools for more than 40 years. Our systems are affordable and can remove 99.9% of the contaminants from the air.
Our technicians are certified by OSHA and highly trained to install your ventilation systems fast and efficiently. Our specialists can make a visit to your vocational school, conduct a free survey, and then evaluate the school’s needs for dust collection and air cleaning systems. Our solutions are aimed at protecting the health of your employees and students, and we help you save on facility maintenance and energy costs in the process.