Concept Smoke Systems

Smoke generator devices for lev testing, spray booth clearance testing & air testing - Monitoring and Testing - Air Monitoring and Testing

For many years, materials containing isocyanate have been the single biggest cause of occupational asthma in the UK. Vehicle paint sprayers are 80 times more likely to develop occupational asthma than workers in other industries. This is caused by the inhalation of the fine paint mist that is generated when paint spraying. There is a requirement for the measurement and display of `clearance times` for spray booths / rooms set by the HSE and the Motor Vehicle Repair (MVR) to meet the requirements of Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH).

Concept recommend the use of the Colt 4 smoke machine. It generates a dense, persistent smoke with a hang time of 1.5 hours (Approx.). Unlike typical entertainment smoke machines where the resulting effect will disperse within a few minutes, the Colt 4 allows users to test spray booths extraction systems accurately. This unit will leave no measurable residue / contamination unlike entertainment fog machines.

The Colt 4 can be used when disconnected from mains power supply for full portability.

The Health and Safety Executive, the Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL), major insurers and inspection bodies routinely use Concept Colt 4 artificial smoke to “see” the air movement created by various processes and therefore highlight areas of concern around those activities.

For example, artificial smoke is commonly used to assess clearance times within spray booths or cabins so that employers can ensure that effective ventilation systems are in place and workers are aware of the importance of always wearing air-fed breathing apparatus.

Clearance time is measured by a smoke generator being used to fill the booth / room with smoke and recording the time the extraction system takes to clear the area.

It is recommended that a clearance time test should also be completed every 14 months.

For some of these applications, smoke can be passed through flexible hose, essentially giving the operator a wand out of which smoke can be produced.

It is normally beneficial to produce a highly persistent smoke (so that it movement can be traced over long distances or over a long period of time). Should the need arise however, quickly dispersing smoke fluid is available. This would normally be limited in use to highlight things such as the capture bubbles around LEV systems. It should not be used for clearance testing, as the fast evaporation of this sort of smoke can lead to false impressions as to the effectiveness of the ventilation system.

Concept also recommend the Spirit 900 smoke generator for filling larger spray booths. The water based smoke from the Spirit 900 also has a hang time of over 1.5 hours.