Industrial vacuum cleaners are essential pieces of cleanup equipment for facilities such as factories, packaging facilities and warehouses. Unfortunately, the necessity of these powerful machines is not always realized by owners, and others may end up choosing the wrong product. Do read on as we explain why you need an industrial vacuum, as well as how to choose the right type for the right job.
Why Should You Invest in an Industrial Vacuum Cleaner?
Industrial dust and debris can be toxic, hyperallergic, carcinogenic, combustible, incendiary, and corrosive, depending on what the particular unit is dealing with. As should be obvious, not only will dust and debris in an industrial unit make your workers sick, but some of it can actually be lethal for them as well.
Combustive, incendiary and corrosive dust can be extremely dangerous, as a single bad accident involving these volatile chemicals will damage, blow up, burn and/or corrode the machinery, the products, the supplies, the unit itself and everyone unfortunate enough to be inside during the incident. Regular cleanups with adequately equipped and rated industrial vacuum cleaners can reduce any chances of that happening to almost none. However, this is not a one size fits all scenario, which is where inexperienced customers often end up making a mistake.
Why Should You be Careful about the Ratings?
Only the right type of industrial vacuum cleaner can keep everything and everyone safe from harmful industrial dust, since there isn’t exactly a universal standard for all industrial cleanups. Before you buy a commercial vacuum cleaner, it must be ensured that the product is properly equipped to clean the facility that you are buying it for. Even if it is a high-quality industrial vacuum cleaner, unless it has the appropriate ratings to safely clean up the target hazardous industrial environments, it would be a bad investment.
How to Choose the Right Type of Industrial Vacuum Cleaner?
Most are ideal for cleaning up regular industrial messes filled with dusty fluids/liquids, but others are much more specific in their ratings. For example, the Mistral 301 BL D2 industrial vacuum cleaner has been rated specifically by the NRTL as being suitable for cleaning Division 2 (combustible vapors and gases), Class II (combustible dust), Groups G (nonconductive agricultural, wood and plastic dust) and Group F (carbonaceous dust) industrial hazards. To make your choice a bit simpler, we have listed a brief introduction to the NRTL vacuum standards next.
All it takes is one mistake by an unfortunate worker, and it can be deadly and financially heavy for everyone involved in the accident, directly or indirectly. On top of that, the government may fine you, or in worst-case scenarios, they’ll shut down the operation completely if they find the facility to have been lacking in compliance with the OSHA standards, fire regulations and other applicable, state and/or federal safety laws. Take your time, choose the right cleaning equipment for the job, and invest in the safety of your employees and your commercial properties.