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Weld Fume Mitigation: Considerations for Source Capture and PPE

Friday, February 17th, 2012

What is a better solution for your welding application, a fume extraction device or a Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR)? It comes down to the consideration of source capture versus PPE. In this article we take a look at considerations for choosing a system appropriate to your application. Bottom line: source capture is always preferred, but some applications require more personal protection.

Learn more and read the whole story here.

Case study: welding fume extraction

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Amid growing concerns about the potential hazards of welding fumes, custom lighting manufacturer Selux U.S. held true to its commitment to employee health by purchasing mobile source capture fume extraction units for each of its two welding stations. The company’s welders reported immediate improvements in energy levels and breathing ability, as well as reduced downtime.

An excerpt:

The results were immediate and impressive. Selux’s two welders, Ralph Barton and Shawn Valentino both said they could breathe easier and felt better during and after work. Further, the reduction in fumes increased their productivity by reducing the frequency that they needed to wipe away fume particles that stuck to the lens of their welding helmets.

Adams said he also noticed a difference. “Employee downtime and absence have been reduced, they’re more motivated when they get to work and I can tell that they have more energy throughout the day, all of which translates into higher productivity,” he said. “When I first looked into purchasing these fume extractors, there was a bit of sticker shock. Now that I see their benefits, I’m convinced it was a worthwhile investment.”

To read the whole story, click here. What sort of cautions do you outfit in your operations? PPE? Source capture? Engineered solutions?