VOC and indoor air quality control in factories as crucial element in reducing occupational hazards

VOC and indoor air quality control in factories as crucial element in reducing occupational hazards

Our model for the industrial sector includes several exclusive sensors for monitoring of toxic substances emanated from manufacturing processes with the aim of contributing to the minimisation of labour risks.

We also have a product line for industrial ventilation and air purification, where we work with a version that is fully integratable into air purification devices and that can even control this purification equipment via the Platform.

Application in industrial production factories

We are dedicated to integrating our Toxic Emissions (VOC, NH3, SO2, among others) and Indoor Air Quality Control System (management Platform + electronic device) in factories to ensure that working conditions are adequate and safe, preventing occupational hazards and monitoring people's well-being. This control system is adapted to the client, taking into account their requirements and particularities, as well as the number and type of sensors they need.

Furthermore, with our system we contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 3 and 11:

  • SDG 3 "Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages"

  • SDG 11 "Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable".

Let’s take one industry to explore the case in detail. According to chapter 65 Beverages industry, a book focused on the comprehension, reduction and prevention of occupational hazards, it is indispensable to have a system in place, like MasterMind · Tech IAQ INDUSTRY to create healthy and safe factory’s production environments.

The following are examples of the application of our VOC, other hazardous emissions and indoor air quality Control System for different sectors.

Beer production

  • Carbon dioxide (CO2) is formed during the fermentation process and is present in the fermentation tanks and barrels that contain and have contained beer. Concentrations equal to or greater than 10%, even if breathed for a short time, cause unconsciousness and asphyxiation.

  • Sulphur dioxide (SO2) and ammonia (NH3) are refrigerant gases. Refrigeration is used to cool the hot wort before fermentation and for storage purposes. Accidental spillage of refrigerants can produce serious toxic and irritating effects.

  • Temperature and humidity. In several processes, such as mash tun cleaning, workers are exposed to tough heat and humidity conditions while performing heavy work, often resulting in heat congestion and heat cramps.

Concentrates and soft drinks production

  • Chlorine, commonly used in the area of water treatment, is normally received in steel containers, which are stored in isolated, well-ventilated areas and secured to prevent spillage. However, it can be dangerous in case of accidental spillage, therefore its monitoring is important.

  • Ammonia (NH3) is used as a refrigerant in bottling operations. Large ammonia systems can normally pose a health risk in the event of a leak or spill, in which case respirators must be immediately available and all personnel evacuated. Thus, it is essential to have ammonia monitoring systems in place.

  • CO2 used in the filling operation can also cause health-related problems. If filling rooms and adjacent areas are not sufficiently ventilated, CO2 build-up can displace oxygen in workers' breathing zones. Facilities should be monitored regularly to assess CO2 levels and, if anomalies are detected, ventilation systems should be inspected to determine the cause, making a CO2 monitoring system essential.

Distilled spirits production

  • Particulate matter (PMs). The most obvious safety problem in installations of this type is the danger of fire and explosion due to dust and the aforementioned fine particles suspended in the air, making it essential to have a monitoring system for these particles.

  • CO2. Exposure to vapours and gases released during the production of distilled spirits is a potential hazard. During the fermentation process, refrigerant gases can be toxic and explosive. Particularly significant are the risks of asphyxiation due to alcohol vapours and carbon dioxide released in the fermentation process, especially when liquids are transported and decanted in tanks and confined spaces with insufficient ventilation. It is, therefore, a basic element, the control of CO2 levels by means of a CO2 monitoring system.

Wine production

  • Ammonia (NH3). Refrigerant gases, such as ammonia, present risks of poisoning and explosion, so proper ventilation and strict maintenance are essential to prevent leaks, in such cases we would be alerted by our control system.

  • CO2. Particularly significant are the risks of asphyxiation from alcohol and carbon dioxide vapours released in fermentation processes, especially when liquids are transported and decanted in tanks or confined spaces with insufficient ventilation.

  • Sulphur dioxide (SO2) used in winemaking causes severe irritation to the eyes and respiratory tract.

  • The temperature must be controlled. The general layout of the winery must be such that unnecessary risks are not created and existing risks do not spread to other areas. In addition, ventilation must comply with regulations, supported by our high-precision CO2 sensor, which will monitor ventilation levels.

However, there is nothing to worry about. Our high precision sensors (CO2, SO2, NH3, PMs, temperature and humidity, among others) detect and display the levels of the previously mentioned harmful elements for factory employees that cause people's health to deteriorate.

Integration of MasterMind · Tech INDUSTRY with industrial ventilation, air purifiers and UV light air sterilisers

Our VOC, other hazardous emissions and indoor air quality monitoring system is highly demanded by industrial ventilation and air purifier manufacturers in order to increase the value of the device and offer a complete air care product to their customers.

By integrating our system with industrial ventilators and air purification devices, manufacturers and distributors themselves benefit greatly in the following ways:

  • Increased customer confidence in the purifier itself, due to reliable proof, via the Platform, of the purifier's real-time performance.

  • Increase in new sales, but above all recurring sales, derived from the increase in confidence seen in the previous point.

  • Marketing opportunities. Our indoor air quality monitoring system is a substantial added value to air purifiers in the eyes of customers. This creates the opportunity to create new marketing campaigns that attract customers who previously showed no interest in the product.

  • Creation of a product portfolio and diversification of the customer base.

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