As Britain is in lockdown to help reduce the spread and impact of Covid-19, certain critical businesses are remaining open to manufacture vital products. APS UK are proud to be able to support those businesses by helping supply spare parts, help maintain extraction systems, and in this instance install a dust extraction system, which when complete will provide protection to the system operators.
Here at APS UK we take the safety of our employees and customers very seriously. This install was an extra challenge to ensure the system could be installed as safely as possibly by ensuring social distancing and hygiene measures were adhered to. In order to achieve this it is vital to have good communication with the customer, follow our Covid-19 Risk and Method Statement, and ensure correct usage of PPE.
Each dust extraction system removes airborne dust that is created during the manufacturing process. This therefore protects the operators and other personnel, but also protects the machinery from premature breakdowns and provides a cleaner working environment.
Our installation was carried out with minimal impact on the current processes of the customer in order to ensure that they could continue manufacturing to their maximum capability. We were also ensuring through this that we maintained good social distancing from our customers employees.
If any critical businesses need urgent support with their dust extraction systems or a new system is needed to protect employees, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us on 01904 215101.
We are currently operating a more limited service than usual in order to protect our employees, but we are still available to help.
Earlier this year in February (2019), the HSE issued an alert regarding a change to the control expectations for exposure to welding fume – including mild steel welding. This alert was a result of research carried out by the International Agency for Research on Cancer which found evidence that exposure to mild steel welding fume can cause lung cancer and possibly kidney cancer.
Following on from this the HSE has now published its revised guidance about how to manage exposure here.
The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (CoSHH) have also published their advice to make sure that any exposure to welding fumes released are adequately controlled here.
This guidance is vital information for employers, to ensure they are complying with the law and adequately protecting their workforce. It is also important for employees who do welding, to ensure they know their rights and use the correct control measures.
In the new year, HSE have announced that their inspectors will be visiting businesses across the country to check that the new guidelines for exposure to welding fumes are being adhered to.
Here at APS UK Ltd we specialize in Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) systems, which are, as the HSE state on their site:
“The most effective way to reduce welding fume is to capture it at source, protecting the welder and preventing fume spreading. To adequately control exposure to welding fume you should use suitable LEV where possible. These may vary depending on the welding activity.“
If you have a an existing LEV system, our qualified engineers can do a thorough LEV Test and produce a report to clearly state its suitability and effectiveness. Read more about our LEV Testing services here. We can also recommend and install any improvements that may be needed in order to bring your system in line with the new guidelines.
Further more if you want advice on what type of LEV system would be the right type for you, we can advise, design and install a bespoke system.
APS UK Ltd are delighted to announce that they have been appointed as the UK distributor for Lorandi Silos Srl, bringing a new range of bulk material storage and conveying solutions to the UK market.
APS UK Ltd have been involved in the plastics industry, supplying bulk material conveying systems, waste extraction systems, and dust and fume control systems, for over 20 years.
Lorandi Silos Srl was established in 1952, manufacturing stainless and aluminium silos, as well as vertical mixers and a full line up of bulk material conveying equipment, including big bag stands and silo loading systems.
‘We are pleased to have the opportunity to supply Lorandi equipment in the UK. It comes as our company has seen continued growth in terms of the number of employees and turnover. Over the last 18 months, we have grown our projects team and increased the number of salesmen to better serve our customers. From our office and warehouse in York, we will be able to stock and quickly supply parts to UK customers.’ – Adrian Ogden, Managing Director, APS UK Ltd.
Both APS UK Ltd and Lorandi Srl share a passion for innovation and supplying high-quality equipment and service to customers in the plastics industry.
As the UK distributor for Lorandi we are excited to discuss our new products. If you want to find out more about the Lorandi products we supply, we would be happy to give you more information, just contact our office on 01904 215101. Or contact us at: http://apsukltd.co.uk/contact-aps-uk-ltd/
We are really pleased to introduce Lee Dickson our new Service and LEV (Local Exhaust Ventilation) Test Engineer.
Lee is a certified LEV Engineer with P601 (Thorough Examination and Testing of Substances) and P602 (Basic Design Principles of LEV Systems) qualifications. Lee will be our primary LEV Test Engineer, helping to ensure that all our customers comply with COSHH (Control of substances Hazardous to Health) regulations that require most LEV systems to be thoroughly tested every 12-14 months.
Some of examples of when LEV Testing needs to be more
Processes where blasting is carried out in, or
incidental to the cleaning of metal castings in connection with their
manufacture – Monthly.
Jute cloth manufacture – Monthly.
Processes, (not wet), in which metal articles
(other than gold, platinum or iridium) are ground, abraded or polished using
mechanical power in any room for more than 12 hrs a week – Every 6 months.
Processes giving off dust or fume in which
non-ferrous metal castings are produced – Every 6 months*
We carry out LEV Testing across the UK, if you would like a
free quotation please get in touch with our office on 01904 215101 or email us
See us on stand 23 at the Made in Yorkshire Manufacturing Exhibition on 23rd May 2019
On 23rd May 2019 we will be at the Made in Yorkshire Manufacturing Exhibition at the Centenary Pavilion, Elland Road, Leeds. This is the second time we will have attended, and we are really excited to be there.
We are stand 23 so please come along and see us. We can help with any questions you may have regarding dust or fume extraction. The HSE are also issuing new and stricter guidance on weld fumes following new evidence. If this is something that affects you, have a chat with us to ensure your workforce is protected.
We can also advise on pneumatic conveying systems. Especially for any waste or trim you might have to help make it more economical and effective. Speak to one of our sales team who will be in attendance and they will be more than happy to help.
We will have a selection of the different ducting we use available to view along with some filters and the tools used to do LEV (Local Exhaust Ventilation) tests.
APS UK continues its period of expansion and are pleased to welcome new Area Sales Manager John Palmer.
Based in the midlands, John will be a point of contact for the midlands and the south of the UK for dust and fume control systems.
John is bringing his knowledge and experience to the role having worked in the dust and fume control industry for over 20 years. John’s career has covered both the design and installation of full turnkey systems, to selling individual filter units for one of the leading dust extraction filter manufacturers.
“It is a pleasure to join APS UK and a great opportunity to be part of the company at such an exciting time of growth.”