HEPA and carbon filters for soldering environments

Do you run a business which requires your team to work in soldering environments?

It’s really important to ensure you keep your staff safe at work and protect them from potential ill-health, so all soldering fume extractors, that recirculate the air back into the working environment, must be appropriately filtered.

HEPA or carbon filters

This must be done using both particulate filters, ideally HEPA, and molecular filters, carbon, to remove both the smoke particulate and the gaseous contaminates found in the fume.

It’s of most importance they are protected often with a pre filter panel or pad to protect these main filters against damage from larger dirt and debris.

Soldering extracts are often found in electronic component manufacturing where people are assembling circuit boards or working with wiring looms.

Respiratory illnesses

It’s key that the operators are not breathing in the soldering fumes or smoke, which can in some applications still contain lead and other harmful substances, that can lead to occupational asthma and other respiratory illnesses.

All filters must be designed and sized to have the capacity to not only handle the volume of air passing through them, but the ability to arrest and/or absorb the number of contaminants going into them.

Maintenance checks & inspections

Maintenance checks and inspections are key to ensuring they are always working efficiently and effectively.

All filtered and non-filtered soldering fume extracts are classed as an LEV – Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV).

So, they must undergo statutory thorough examinations and testing, at least every 14 months, under the COSHH regulations.

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What is ISO 16890-1:2016?

ISO 16890-1:2016 is THE global international standard for ‘Air Filters for General Ventilation’.

It became effective on December 1, 2016, and is still the overriding standard that everyone who has an air filter on their premises needs to look to.

It’s an efficiency classification system of air filters, for general ventilation, based upon particulate matter (PM). It, therefore, makes it easier for users to pick the right air filter for them – based on their needs and actual operating environment.

It also provides an overview of the test procedures and specifies general requirements for assessing and marking filters, as well as for documenting test results.

It’s intended for use in conjunction with ISO 16890 2, ISO 16890 3 and ISO 16890 4.

The details

ISO 16890-1:2016 addresses many issues by creating a process that is simpler and easier to duplicate, with fewer steps. It uses real-world applicable information and shows actual discernible differences between ratings.

Why was ISO 16890 introduced?

The ISO16890 test method shifted the focus on filtration performance to the classes of particulate matter size (PM) and is, therefore, a much more realistic test criteria than the previously used and theoretical EN779:2012, so this standard replaces G4, M5, F7 etc.

So, what’s important about this standard?

This means that with ISO 16890, standard filter efficiencies are determined based on particulate matter size classes PM1, PM2.5 and PM10, which are also used as evaluation parameters by the WHO (World Health Organisation) and other authorities.

Founded on these parameters, it is easier for users to select the right air filter based on their requirements and actual operating conditions are more effectively taken into account.

It’s all about particle size

Instead of considering only the particle size 0.4 microns (EN779:2012), as previously, a broad range between 0.3 microns and 10 microns is now used to determine separation efficiencies for particulate matter fractions PM1, PM2.5, PM10.

For coarse filters, the ISO 16890 standard includes filters that capture less than 50% of particles in the PM10 range – these are known as ‘ISO Coarse’ and detail their PM10 performance i.e., ‘PM Coarse 45%’.

According to the standard, filters are divided into four groups. A prerequisite for each group is that a filter captures at least 50% of the appropriate particle size range.

If a filter, for example, captures more than 50% of PM1 particles, it’s grouped as an ISO 16890 ePM1 filter.

We’re raising awareness for Recycle Week

We’re raising awareness for Recycle Week this month by helping people understand the importance of using recyclable products (October 2023).

We’re supporting the nation’s annual waste management celebration, from October 16 to 22, by assisting firms using filtration systems to recognise what can and can’t be recycled.

Recycling more

Jason Day, our LEV Division Manager, says: “Recycle Week is seven days of the year where retailers, brands, waste management companies, trade associations, governments and the media come together to achieve one goal: to galvanise everyone into recycling more of the right things, more often.
“We’re keen to help spread that message and we’re happy to chat to any commercial air filter users, whether they are our customer or not, to give them free help and advice, during the week, on recycling air filters, where possible, and what products to use that can be recycled.

Zero to landfill

“For example, we’ve specifically created and recently launched our new SuperpleatXC Panel Filter, which is classified as suitable for Waste to Energy (WtE) and, providing it’s disposed of like this, zero goes to landfill.

“Our SuperpleatXC Panel Filter (hyperlink to product page to buy it on the e-store website – is this the best link Colin? Items | Jasun Envirocare Plc ( is unusual in that the entire filter in this case can go to WtE. Parts of other air filters are recyclable – metal frames for example, but it takes a bit of work.

“These filters also help increase efficiency, reduce energy consumption and offer greater performance levels, which is another big plus point when it comes to being planet positive.

Inhouse R&D

“They’ve been designed by our specialist, inhouse R&D department here in Somerset where we’ve bespoke labs and we’re the only UK-based air filter manufacturer that has an ISO16890 test facility. We’re very proud of what our team of highly skilled clean air solution experts have achieved and are delighted to offer this product, with its great eco-credentials.

Our recycling service

“We are also able to recycle the metal frames from other bag and panel filters, as part of the services we provide. We can either collect used filters and recycle the metal, or the customer can send them back to us for the service to be carried out.”

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