Companies that undertake woodworking operations in the UK must adhere to COSHH regulations and ensure compliance with Workplace Exposure Limits (WELs). In February 2020, the HSE website stated: The WEL for hardwood dust is 3mg/m3 (based on an 8-hour time-weighted average).

The WEL for softwood dust is 5mg/m3 (based on an 8-hour time-weighted average). For mixtures of hardwood and softwood dusts the WEL for hardwood dust of 3mg/m3 applies to all wood dusts present in that mixture.

Adequate control of wood dust is achieved when:

  • The eight principles of good control practice are applied as set out in Schedule 2A of COSHH;
  • Exposure is below the relevant WEL; and
  • Exposure is reduced to as low a level as is reasonably practicable.
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Filtermist provides a wide choice of filter types and technologies, which means we are able to offer you the most suitable and cost-efficient dust extraction system for your needs. These ‘demand responsive’ systems provide extraction only when it is needed, meaning you save money by keeping electricity usage to a minimum. At the heart of our energy-saving installations is the Ecogate® extraction-on-demand system. This monitors the use of each individual processing machine and automatically regulates the speed of the relevant fan unit accordingly.

The system uses an Ecogate® greenBOX controller, using motorised gates and sensors at each machine, as well as an Ecogate® PowerMaster to control the main fans.

The amount of power required for each fan is determined by the opening and closing of the motorised gates. This ensures only the exact amount of power that is needed is actually used - minimising energy wastage.

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