Fume Extraction Systems

from Flamefast Extraction Solutions

A correctly designed and installed Fume Extraction System will not only greatly increase the safety, performance and efficiency of a fume containment or capture system, but will also reduce noise levels and minimise running costs.

Working to the requirements and recommendations of DW144, DW:154, BS:7258 and Building Bulletin 88, our engineers have the experience and knowledge to fabricate and install Circular or Rectangular Section Extract Ductwork in a number of chemical-resistant materials, including PVC, fire retardant polypropylene, stainless steel and fire-rated GRP laminate to achieve the required fume extraction operations.

Flamefast Extraction Solutions supply a full range of ancillary items including expansion joints, support brackets (threaded rod or Gripple), anti-blowback valves, attenuators, dilution manifolds and weathering cravats.

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The Dangers of

NO Fume Extraction

  • Chronic Health Dangers
  • Risk of Fire & Explosion
  • Breaking the law - COSHH
  • Fines for non-compliance
  • Employee health compensation claims

The Benefits of

GOOD Fume Extraction

  • Safer Working Environment
  • Comply with the law & statutory regulations
  • Improved working life on machinery
  • Lowered risk of fire or explosions
  • Maximum productivity
  • Warranty on certain equipment
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Our Services

Flamefast Extraction Solutions covers all fume extraction requirements by offering high level practical solutions for the design, supply, install, servicing and maintenance of these units. We advise and design our solutions towards correct control of the various types of dangerous fumes and by preventing exposure within the working environment.

Flamefast Extraction Solutions offer trained and qualified engineers in combinations with a comprehensive range of quality products in order to supply the best solutions while adhering to regulations (COSHH), budget and needs.

We also offer bespoke system design along with maintenance contract to comply with regulations (COSHH) that require LEV testing by a competent person every 14 months. One of the reasons for this is the residue build up that forms over time due to fumes that cause a build-up of sticky residue within the LEV system this blockage results in poor extraction and can also lead to premature pump/fan failure.

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Case Studies

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Stansted Aerospace

Lancing College

Berry BMW

Kerry Ingredients

Monier Redland

Kerry Ingredients

Calder Foods

Nutritional Blending Solutions

Greencore Grocery

UTC Warrington


Stansted Aerospace Ltd-Saffron Walden

Extraction of solvent fumes using VariVac extraction hoods and a Centrifugal fan

Lancing College-Lansing

Extraction system implemented to capture fumes from hot metal works

Berry BMW & MINI-Heathrow

Exhaust fume extraction system with fan and ducting

Kerry Ingredients UK Ltd-Hartlepool

Stainless steel open fronted dry filter booth to capture dust particles created during weighing and dispensing

Monier Redland Ltd-Lutterworth

Extraction of paint fumes and particles using a articulated arm with capture hood and in-line filter.

Kerry Ingredients UK Ltd-Orton Southgate-Peterborough

Capture of dust clouds created during mixing using a stainless steel open fronted enclosure connected to a ducted system and filter unit.

Calder Foods (Manufacturing) Ltd. Carlisle

Capture of dust clouds from weighing and pouring ingredients into a container using a stainless steel extract hood connected to a ducted system and filter unit.

Nutritional Blending Solutions UK Ltd-Swindon

Capture of dust particles created during the process of producing nutritional capsules for the body building market using a small articulated arm connected to a ducted system and HEPA-13 filtration unit.

Greencore Grocery-Selby

Installation of custom designed stainless steel dust capture hoods to enhance the effectiveness of the existing LEV system.

UTC Warrington

Extraction of soldering fumes from a Flamefast DS430D forge

COSHH - hse.gov.uk

"Health and safety law says you must assess the risks to your workers from hazardous substances – dusts, fumes, vapours, etc. - and decide what measures to use to protect their health.

If the measures you adopt include extraction systems (LEV) to remove the dusts, fumes, vapours etc. produced by your work processes or activities, then you must maintain the LEV in efficient working order so it continues to provide the necessary protection. You should also have a periodic thorough examination and test (at least every 14 months) and must keep this record for at least 5 years. In addition, you should have information on the installed LEV system to confirm it provides adequate protection, which should be kept for the life of the equipment."

Information obtained from hse.gov for more information please visit: The Health & Safety Executive

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If you need more information or require a quote we offer the following services...

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Flamefast Extraction Solutions offers a wide range of fume extraction systems in order to accommodate various industries our range includes mobile and portable extraction units, Mobile spot suctions system, Moveable capturing hoods, fume hoods / fume canopies, welding extraction system, traditional ducted system, on-torch / on-tool extraction, fume cupboards/ fume cabinets, Downdraught benches (also known as downdraft benches), Ventilated bench-top enclosures, On-tip or On-tool solder fume extraction, Fume dispensers, Tailpipe Exhaust, fixed hose & funnel LEV systems, Network of portable hose systems attached to vehicle exhaust pipes, Roof Extraction, Wall vents, wall mounted extraction, Extraction fans, Fume extraction arms and more.

Educational & Training Facilities

Fume Hoods / Extraction canopies or capturing hoods, Extraction arms and Fume cupboards are often used within the Educational sector

Food, Beverage & Agricultural

Solvent fumes produced from food manufacturing will require adequate extraction, various fume extraction arms and LEV systems can be recommended

Chemical & Pharmaceutical

Fume cabinets or Fume Cupboards are ideal for many laboratories where chemicals are used these can be ducted or re-circulating fume cupboards

Metal, Mineral and Engineering

Capturing Hoods, extraction arms, downdraught / down flow benches, on-tip or on-tool extraction, mobile or fixed units etc.

Automotive, Railways & Aerospace

Flexible hose extraction attached to tailpipe, network of portable hose systems attached to several cars exhausts, roof extraction, wall vents or wall mounted extraction etc.

Construction, Infrastructure & Industrial

Full enclosures, partial enclosure & room enclosure LEV hoods, fixed or mobile extraction units, on-tool extraction etc.


Walk in spray booths, receptor hoods / capture hoods, articulated arm / fume extraction arm, in-line filters, filtration units etc.

Electronics & Assembly

Fumes and Contaminants can safely be removed via LEV systems, on-tool extraction, downdraught benches, Ducted or filtered Fume Cabinets etc.

Warehouses, Garages and Distribution Centres

Effective ventilation for battery charging areas, extraction hoods, Bespoke LEV (Local Exhaust Ventilation) system


We can also supply a range of fume extraction options for Dry Cleaning, Fire Stations, Printing Workshops, IT & Telecommunication, Woodworking etc.

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Certification & Qualification

    • ATEX compliant
    • British, European and ISO standard
    • Fire Damper Reports compiled to BESA TB001 guidance notes
    • Fire Damper installation to BESA DW145
    • The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999
    • British, European and ISO Standard
    • P601 Qualified Engineers (LEV Testing)
    • P602, NEBOSH Qualified Management
    • COSHH
    • EH40/94

Types of Fumes

There are several different types of fumes that are hazardous to your health or potentially dangerous, these range from Oil Fumes created when working with machinery to Exhaust fumes from vehicles. We have compiled some helpful information to give a better understanding of the different fume types and their risks.


When working with machinery where fluids are used to cool and lubricate the machine the fluids can become airborne and form oil mist that contains a harmful mix of minerals, additives and contaminants which is dispersed into the operator’s breathing space. Smaller droplets also known as oil smoke can also form.

Oil mist and oil smoke have several negative and dangerous repercussions that affects humans, machines and the working environment the dangers of oil mist are especially relevant in the metalworking industry or Educational/ Training facilities that teach metalworking and the use of metalworking machines for grinding, drilling, turning etc.

Flamefast Extraction Solutions offers logical and effective results for the ventilation, capture, control and removal of hazardous fumes for a safe, comfortable working environment with clean air to maximise productivity.



Solvents are usually liquids or chemical substances but can also be gases or solids that are used to dissolve or dilute materials or other substances to create a solution. Industries such as Engineering, Construction, Printing, Pharmaceutical manufacture, woodworking, Dry cleaning, Paint and ink manufacture are most likely to be exposed to dangerous solvents such as Tetrachloroethylene, white spirit, xylene, turpentine, acetone, methyl acetate, ethyl acetate, hexane, petrol ether, citrus terpenes and ethanol.

Exposure to these solvents especially in large quantities over long periods of time can have extreme short and/or long term health effects. Health risks from exposure to solvents include irritation of eyes, lungs and skin, headaches, nausea, dizziness and more serious risks known as chronic solvent induced encephalopathy (CSE) these include reproductive damage, dermatitis, damage to the nervous system, cancer or liver and kidney damage. Solvents can be flammable, poisonous and explosive.

Due to the health and safety risks involved with solvents it is important to have adequate LEV (Local Exhaust ventilation) / Fume Extraction Solutions especially in more dangerous confined spaces.



Battery Fume can become a concern where multiple heavy duty lead acid batteries are charged simultaneously within a poorly ventilated or enclosed space, this could typically occur within industries such as automotive repair and maintenance, where UPS systems are used, warehousing, distribution centres or material handling where there is a need to charge fork lifts or IT and telecommunication industries.

These Batteries run the risk of exploding especially within badly ventilated areas where gases are allowed to collect. This is caused by the production of Hydrogen and oxygen inside a battery when charging at which point all that is needed is a source of ignition for the gas to ignite and explode, the more poorly the area is ventilated the more violent and fatal the explosion is likely to be.

A well-ventilated charging area must always be used, at Flamefast Extraction Solutions we assist to determine the correct airflow needed for effective ventilation to avoid the risk of a flammable atmosphere (mixture of hydrogen and air/oxygen amassing) around the charging area. Adequate ventilation is also required to keep the hydrogen concentration diluted to well below the LEL, and an alarm needs to be fitted to detect and warn against the build-up of Hydrogen and also to notify if there is failure within the mechanical ventilation. We consider several factors before advising on the best solution these include the rate of hydrogen production, shape and size of charging area, where the batteries are located and what are the possible interferences that could impede the airflow or natural air circulation.



Rosin flux also known as colophony is a substance commonly used during the soldering process. When heated Rosin flux releases fumes that are harmful to your health and a leading cause of occupational asthma. Contact with soldering fumes can also lead to skin conditions such as dermatitis, these conditions are especially prominent in industries such as electronics and assembly.

COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to health) by law requires that employers prevent or control exposure to these fumes to a high standard in order to keep exposure to a controlled low level.

At Flamefast Extraction Solutions we offer several options for the control of soldering fumes taking into consideration all the conditions of the workplace to ensure the LEV (Local Exhaust Ventilation) required is the correct design for the task at hand.

We can supply solutions for low, medium or high levels of exposure and will advise on the best system to implement. These systems can be mobile or portable and include units such as moveable capturing hoods, downdraught benches, Fume dispensers, ventilated bench-top enclosures and on-tip solder fume extraction.



Welding as well as hot cutting processes such as oxy-fuel, plasma cutting and brazing produces, a fume cloud which contains harmful particles of metal, metal oxide and/or flux. It is therefore important for welders to be protected from these fumes as there are many negative associated health effects from inhaling these fumes such as pneumonia, occupational asthma, metal fume fever, throat and lung irritations as well as cancer.

There are three types of Fusion welding (Electric arc welding, gas welding and thermit welding) which have varying degrees of fume production. Fume from stainless steel welding however is more hazardous than mild (carbon) steel due to higher concentrations of chromium and nickel.

Welding Fume contains combinations of metals such as Aluminium, Antimony, Arsenic, Manganese, Chromium, Copper, Cobalt, Lead, Nickle, Zinc, Iron, Beryllium, Titanium, Cadmium, Chromium, Tin, Silver, Copper, Vanadium & Molybdenum as well as gases Argon, Helium, Nitrogen, Carbon Dioxide, Nitric Oxide, Nitrogen Dioxide, Carbon monoxide, Ozone, phosgene, hydrogen fluoride.

LEV systems can be used to remove these fumes and gases and this is where Flamefast Extraction Solutions are able to offer you practical and bespoke solutions that covers light, medium and heavy duty welding that will best benefit your situation to allow for optimal working conditions.



Exhaust Fumes also known as Exhaust gas or flue gas can be extremely dangerous especially on carbon-fuelled engines that contain the poisonous gas carbon monoxide (CO) these gases are emitted into the surrounding area and atmosphere via the exhaust pipe, flue gas stack or propelling nozzle and can have serious health implications that include cancer, eye and respiratory track irritation, couching and in severe cases death.

Diesel Engine exhaust emissions or DEEEs produce less Carbon Monoxide than petrol engines but much more soot or carbon particles along with a complex mixture of gases, vapours and liquid aerosols that contain among other nitrogen, water, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, ketones, aldehydes, carbon, oxides of nitrogen and various hydrocarbons.

Because diesel engines contain over 10 times the amount of soot in comparison to petrol engines Exhaust fumes from diesel engines are more visible. There are 3 types of visible smoke blue, black and white of which blue and black smoke are the more dangerous.

Workplace exposure to DEEEs are dominant where heavy vehicles such as buses, trains, lorries, fork lifts, trucks and tractors that use diesel fuel are kept or serviced. These include toll booths, car parks, garage repairs, vehicle holds, stationary power sources.

At Flamefast Extraction Solutions we ensure that your workshop meets the requirements placed by COSHH, The HSW Act and the management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 for the control of DEEEs in the workplace.


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