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Which is safer: a magnetic device or physical filter?

Health and safety is one of the biggest considerations in plant rooms, so it's worthwhile assessing the pros and cons of magnetic devices vs physical filters in terms of safety and operation.

Devices containing magnets pose significant health and safety risks to people, and risks to equipment. The stark danger signs on the sides of these devices often include warnings such as:

  • "Can be harmful to pacemaker wearers and others with medical implants / devices (such as insulin pumps)". In fact, magnets can turn off a person's pacemaker.
  • Can cause crush injuries during routine maintenance
  • Can interfere with sensor cables and sensitive monitoring equipment
  • Can wipe data from hard drives, SD cards, phones, digital cameras, laptops and tablets

Because of the risks, risk management then becomes quite a big job for those using magnetic devices (as opposed to those using physical filters, for example).

In contrast, magnet-free physical filtration devices pose no such health and safety risks, nor do they pose a risk to equipment. As such, they can be considered the safer option.

In our next blog post, we'll talk about the risk management required for those using magnetic devices (as opposed to physical filters, for example).


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