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Control Of Harmful Substances by Ventilation


This checklist is not all-inclusive. You should add to it or delete items that do not apply to your business; however, carefully consider each item and make your decision. You should refer to Minnesota statutes and rules, and federal OSHA standards adopted by reference in Minnesota for specific guidance that may apply to your work situation (see www.dli.mn.gov/). (Note: This checklist is typical for general industry but not for construction or maritime industries.)
  • Is the volume and velocity of air in each exhaust system sufficient to gather the dusts, fumes, mists, vapors, or gases to be controlled, and to convey them to a suitable point of disposal?
  • Are exhaust inlets, ducts and plenums designed, constructed and supported to prevent collapse or failure of any part of the system?
  • Are clean-out ports or doors provided at intervals not to exceed 12 feet (3.6576 meters) in all horizontal runs of exhaust ducts?
  • Where two or more different operations are being controlled through the same exhaust system, could the combination of substances involved create a fire, explosion, or chemical reaction hazard in the duct?
  • Is adequate makeup air provided to areas where exhaust systems are operating?
  • Is the source point for makeup air located so that only clean, fresh air, free of contaminants will enter the work environment?
  • Where two or more ventilation systems serve a work area, is their operation such that one will not offset the functions of the other?
Source: Federal OSHA