There are now lots of small jobs to convert our cheap and nasty metal framed farm shed into a functional pottery studio. I had to fill the little gap above the wooden windows, between the metal lintel bar that supports the arch brickwork. This is to stop sparks and vermin getting into the cavity. It also looks better and more ‘finished’, but really, I just had to get it done to complete the building so as to get our final approval and occupancy certificate.
The next most pressing job was to install OH&S ventilation. A fan in the materials processing rooms to take the dust away from the rock crushers and clay mixers. I never had to worry about forced air ventilation in the past, as the machines were more or less outside in the breezeway between the two pottery buildings. Now that I have them all in the one sealed room. It is essential that I fabricate and install good ventilation.
This metal tube has some 2nd hand/re-cycled 1.5mm stainless steel mesh inserted to stop sparks and insects getting into the building.
And a cheap batroom fan in the other end that will be inside the room.
Connected to a long flexible air hose.
With the exhaust fan embedded in the wall, I can direct the cheap flexible suction vent hose to any machine in the room.
I have no idea how other people might achieve this sort of dust extraction, but this is one cheap alternative solution, and mostly home made.
Clay? What OH&S risk?