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ivs-ventilation The Health Risks of Not Using a Welding Fume Extractor

Innovative Ventilation Systems - Tuesday, May 01, 2018

It may seem like skipping on a costly welding fume extractor is the less expensive option, but weld fumes and dust particles are hazardous to your employees’ health if inhaled. Moreover, continuous exposure to weld fumes can lead to serious respiratory diseases.

Ensuring that you have installed a well-maintained welding fume extractor will:

  • Help protect your employees and their health
  • Ensure that you comply with local regulations that apply to your business such as OSHA
  • Avoid you the stress and worry of health compensation claims made by your staff for inadequate protection
  • Reduce the contamination surfaces and the machines you work on, service, or produce
  • Provide a safe workplace for your employees

Health Effects of Welding Fumes

Welding fumes refer to a hazardous cocktail of particles and gases. Ventilation alone is not enough to protect your employees. You also need a welding fume extractor. Acute exposure to welding gases and fumes can result in nausea, dizziness, and irritation of the nose, eye, and throat. Any of your employees who experience these symptoms must leave the area immediately to seek fresh air and get medical attention.

Prolonged exposure to welding gases and fumes may lead to lung damage as well as several types of cancer including lung, larynx, or urinary tract. Other health effects include stomach ulcers, metal fume fever, kidney damage, and nervous system damage. Manganese fumes have been known to cause Parkinson’s-like symptoms in victims.

Gases like carbon dioxide, argon, and helium displace oxygen in the air leading to suffocation, especially when your workers are welding in enclosed or confined spaces with no welding fume extractor.

Chromium is one of the components that make up stainless steel, chromate coatings, nonferrous alloys, and some welding consumables. During the welding process, chromium is converted into its hexavalent state Cr (VI), which is highly toxic and may damage the eyes, nose, skin, throat, and lungs. It can even cause cancer.

Welding Fume Extractor

An effective welding fume extractor is used to capture fumes at the source making sure that no fumes remain in your place of work. Avoid off-the-shelf products as they may not be suitable to meet your production requirements.

OSHA has included fume extraction systems in its hierarchy for fume management. The welding fume extractor is specially designed for drawing weld fumes away from your employees’ breathing zone as well as keeping your facility clean. We have top-notch systems for capturing and filtering weld particulates.

If you are looking for a welding fume extractor, contact us today to learn about our innovative systems, approaches, and processes.

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