Understanding NFPA Solvent Air Flow Requirements
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) establishes fire safety standards, requirements and safe operation procedures. Solvent vapor monitoring is very important to keep personnel and the workplace safe. Exposure to solvent vapors can cause health hazards including “toxicity to the nervous system, reproductive damage, liver and kidney damage, respiratory impairment, cancer, and dermatitis” according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Many solvents contain properties that are required to be controlled. NFPA solvent ventilation requirements provide safety to personnel, occupied facilities, investments and the environment.
NFPA Solvent Ventilation Requirements For Complete Safety
Popular industries and types of products that must be monitored for proper NFPA solvent ventilation requirements include paper, film, foil converting, coating and laminating
operations, printing, and automobile manufacturers. Solvents are mainly used to apply a finish or coating to a certain material. This material can be dried, by using an oven or proper heating source. The solvents are then vaporized in this production method, leaving a finished product.
In order to prevent hazardous volumes of vapors, NFPA 86 requires chemical storage buildings to implement a continuous ventilation system. NFPA solvent ventilation requirements state that the safe ventilation rate of processing ovens must be maintained and managed to prevent vapor concentration from exceeding 25 percent of the LFL.
Contact your closest emergency control center for more information regarding vapor concentration and ventilation rates.
Mechanical Ventilation Systems For NFPA Solvent Ventilation Requirements
US Chemical Storage provides explosion proof and non-explosion proof exhaust fans for full control of the inventory that you are storing. Store all flammable classes compliantly with our mechanical ventilation systems. Our explosion proof mechanical ventilation system is designed specifically for storing chemicals that produce flammable, explosive and toxic fumes that could be detrimental to human health. Control the amount of air that is being circulated with a speed dial control, to keep 100% compliant and secure.
Class B Explosion Proof Mechanical Ventilation is constructed to be used to properly ventilate Class B chemicals. This vent will perform a minimum of 6 air changes per hour at a rate no less than 1 cubic foot/minute. The extremely strong, weatherproof ventilation system is Class A, B and C fire rated. Get compliant and stay safe. US Chemical Storage – Our Strength is Your Security.