The N95 disposable respirator features a flame-retardant outer layer that provides crucial protection for welding operators in environments where sparks and spatter could possibly come in contact with the mask. The filter media offers 95 percent filtration of airborne particles, including hexavalent chromium, manganese, and other weld fumes. An integrated valve eases breathing for the user.
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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
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
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.
Miller teamed up with J.F. Ahern’s Pipe Fabrication shop to get them premium Arc Armor welding PPE that they had never tried before. The Miller team came in and personally matched up each of the welding operators with the correct welding protection for their application. They were given PAPRs (Powered Air Purifying Respirators) to keep from breathing in smoke and harmful fumes, WeldX and Classic Cloth Jackets, Titanium 9400i welding helmets with integrated grinding shields, gloves and more. After a week of use, the Miller team came back and got these testimonials from the guys and we couldn’t have asked for better feedback.
For more on Miller’s complete line of welding safety gear and PPE, click here.
Heat stress relief, especially in welding environments where temperatures regularly exceed triple digits, is extremely important for the well-being, satisfaction and productivity of your welders. We recently spent some time with Valmont Industries in Tulsa to discuss their welding operation and to discuss their use of Miller’s CoolBand helmet-integrated cooling system for heat stress relief. Here’s an excerpt with a video of the interview that follows:
Valmont Industries—a worldwide leader in the fabrication of structural and transmission towers used by municipalities, utilities, communication companies and irrigation professionals—has 95 facilities worldwide, including in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Outside temperatures in the summer regularly reach triple digits in Tulsa, and temperatures inside the plant can reach as high as 110 degrees. Noting the effects that heat stress was having on his crew of 100 welding operators, Valmont Operations Director, Tony Schuler, worked with Bobby Goodman of Best Welders Supply to identify a solution to keep the staff cool.
The company decided to test trial Miller Electric Mfg. Co.’s exclusive new CoolBand™ headgear-integrated cooling system coupled with its Performance™ Series line of welding helmets. The result: cooler, more comfortable welders who are able to get more work done in the same amount of time because there is substantially less fatigue and they spend less time wiping sweat and de-fogging glasses and lenses.
To read the whole story, visit here.
For more on CoolBand, visit here.
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
With numerous studies pointing to heat’s negative impact on performance, fabricators are naturally searching for technologies that offer a combination of convenience and results. Miller’s CoolBand™ and CoolBelt™ are solutions that have been shown to reduce temperatures significantly with minimal extra weight or feeling cumbersome to the welder. At a price of $150 and $295, respectively, they also offer a quick return on investment through increased productivity and product quality.
There is no singular solution when it comes to heat stress prevention, and specialized apparel by itself may not be enough to keep workers functioning at their best. Every welding environment is different, and organizations typically employ a combination of measures that meet their needs. However, the welding helmet cooling devices now available on the market represent a big step forward in terms of convenience and effectiveness. Already used in a variety of demanding environments, they’ve proven to be highly effective as part of an overall plan to maintain the welder’s well-being and performance.
Miller’s excited to be exhibiting at the 2011 ASSE Exposition and Conference this week in Chicago. You can find us in booth 1078, where you’ll be able to see our auto-darkening welding helmets, jackets, gloves, heat stress relief products and powered air purifying respirators (PAPR), among other welding safety accessories.
If you’re at the show, stop in and see us. If not, check out these videos on some of Miller’s premium welding safety products:
Arc Armor Protection and PPE
WeldX and Heat Stress Products
Miller announced last week that it’s adding the Titanium 9400i industrial auto-darkening welding helmet as an option to its line of powered air purifying respirators (PAPRs). You can read all about Miller’s full line of PAPRs here.
Who needs a PAPR? People are using it for more than safety these days, as it also substantially improves the comfort of a welder throughout the day. Here’s an excerpt from an article put together last year with our friends at Ultra Machine and Fabrication. You can read the whole article here.
Ultra’s welding operations are intensive: two eight-hour shifts with almost non-stop welding (and thus, non-stop exposure to welding fumes). Miller’s PAPRs are integrated with EliteTM auto-darkening welding helmets to create a solution that fully covers the welder’s face and neck. Such a design minimizes direct contact with the welding fumes. Miller’s PAPRs (NIOSH Certified 42 CFR Part 84, Assigned Protection Factor (APF): 25) protect the welder beyond what OSHA regulates as acceptable levels in an eight-hour time period. Both audible and vibrating alarms notify the welder if air levels coming into the helmet fall below NIOSH specified levels”It alleviates breathing harmful vapors and smoke,” says David Setzer, welder/fabricator, Ultra Machine and Fabrication. “It keeps you cooler, and I go home at the end of the day and it’s not as hard to breath. It’s the best thing they’ve done.”
You can see Ultra’s feedback in video here.
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.
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?