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Educational Opportunities Today (11/13) at FABTECH 2012

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

There are a number of Miller/ITW-related presentations taking place today as part of Fabtech 2012. You can check them out here:

Educational Annual Program: Tuesday, 11/13
Session 10E 4:00 pm Room N242
Weld Fume Mitigation: Evaluating Environmental, Source Capture and PPE Solutions and Choosing the Best for Your Application
Presenter: Al Hilbert, Miller

Health & Safety in the Welding Environment Program: Tuesday, 11/13
Session W27
9:35-10:10 am Room N253
Source Capture and PPE Solutions for Weld Fume Management
Presenters: Eric Summers and Al Hilbert, Miller

1:20-1:55pm Room N253
Considerations for Reducing Fume Generation in the GMAW Process: Filler Metals, Welding Variables and More
Presenters: Aaron Bischoff, Hobart Brothers and Al Hilbert, Miller

Responsible and Sustainable Fume Management Webinar Archived

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Did you miss Miller’s webinar on Responsible and Sustainable Fume Management co-sponsored with ISHN? You can still review the whole presentation here.

Here’s a description:

Welding fumes and fume regulations have become an ever increasing area of concern for welding facilities and safety personnel. While there has been a great deal of communication, there are still many questions among occupational health and safety managers as to the most appropriate courses of action in identifying the best suited and sustainable solutions for reducing the possible risks associated with weld fume exposure.

In this webinar, Miller Electric Mfg Co Product Manager Al Hilbert and Product Specialist Eric Sommers along with Hobart Brothers Welding Engineer, Aaron Bischoff will join Peter Lemke, president of The WORCS, and Industrial Hygienist, Bert Schiller to discuss the most relevant regulations and sustainable practices that any weld shops needs to be aware of when deploying a fume control program and choosing the proper controls. This webinar is a must-attend for any company that has welding in their operations.

What you will learn:

  • How regulations can impact your welding operations
  • Sustainable & best management practices for weld fume control
  • What to look for in engineering, administrative and PPE fume solutions

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?