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:
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.
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.
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