It is of paramount importance in respiratory applications, but always important however it is being utilised. Compressors draw large volumes of air from the surrounding atmosphere in your site and this includes all present contaminants.
One of the biggest problems in the airflow is the inclusion of water, oil or solid particulates which cause progressive corrosion and deterioration throughout the entire system. We can provide a complete audit and risk analysis of your current system and work with you to put in place a holistic quality and safety management process.
A well designed, installed and properly maintained compressed air system will contribute to the confidence in the treatment given to the patient.
Air quality in a dental surgery varies according to individual circumstances but there are some basic requirements that are common to all installations. The main influence on air quality is the type of compressor used. Where a lubricated compressor is in use then additional filtration for the removal of oil and oil vapour shall be included in accordance with the recommendations of the manufacturer and in accordance with the contaminant levels.
Controlled air quality provides confidence in the treatment given to the patient. The air quality maximises the life of the pneumatic instruments and protects the patient from any harmful effects from airborne bacterial micro-organisms.
The Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 2002 (SI 2002/1144) – these regulations include provisions for respiratory protective equipment.
The work in Compressed Air Regulations 1996 (SI 1996/1656) – these regulations deal with those aspects where the user is operating in a pressure higher than atmospheric, e.g. tunnelling.
Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002 (SI 2002/2677) – these regulations identify the maximum exposure limits for a defined list of contaminants which may be present in the workplace atmosphere.
The quality of the air supplied to a breathing apparatus should be tested at least every three months and more frequently when the quality of the air supplied cannot be assured.
BS EN 12021 Respiratory protective devices – Compressed air for breathing apparatus is now the only standard to indicate contaminant levels for breathing air both in the UK and in the EU.
AEG can perform regular air quality audits to help keep your facility safe and compliant to current regulations and advised standards.
Records of completed breathing air audits must be retained in either physical or electronic form for a minimum of 5 years.