Welding fume exposure is closely regulated because of the negative health and safety risks associated with it. The particulate matter found in welding fumes can include harmful metals and gases such as argon, nitrogen, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and hydrogen fluoride. Prolonged exposure to welding fumes can result in various types of cancer including lung, larynx and urinary tract.
Workplace conditions, safety measures, and the way that machine processes are performed are the responsibility of the employer. Complying with OSHA, AWS and NIOSH guidelines ensure the health and safety of your employees. Weld fume extractors capture harmful fumes, gases, smoke, and other airborne contaminants at, or near, source points to help machining facilities meet regulations and keep employees safe.
To ensure the safety of machine operators, it's critical to implement fume extraction systems in environments where welding equipment is being operated. Employers and machine operators must remain current and abide by manufacturer safety and operation manuals.
When selecting a welding fume extraction system, it's important to identify the work practices, hazards, and consumables of welding applications in your facility to keep exposure at or below an acceptable limit. To guarantee effectiveness, weld fume extraction systems must be appropriately used and positioned based on the machining process and application.
Weld smoke and fumes are a leading source of air contamination in metal fabrication facilities. Without a way to control and capture these pollutants, there's a raised concern for health and safety.
Fume extraction systems are used to control overexposures to the fumes and gases that develop during welding and cutting. An adequate fume collection system will prevent exposure by keeping dangerous contaminants below the acceptable limits. When choosing a welding fume extraction system, it's important that it's designed and built to accommodate your application demands.