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    I am curious. When would you be welding when you had to wear a respirator ?? I worked in a papermill and we had to carry escape respirators in case there was a chlorine, chlorine dioxide, or hydrogen sulfide leak. But we never had to work if there was a leak. We may have to wear a SCBA to get a leak stopped ( gas cut off ), but never made someone work until the leak was stopped and gas cleared.

    I was just wondering what kind of work would require you to wear the respirator while you were working.
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    Maybe the welding is causing the fumes.

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    we have treating tanks for treating the aluminum, when each of those tanks gets changed out for new chemicals, the old stuff sits in a holding tank to have the acids or bases neutralized or the chrome settled so on and so on. one day this holding tank sprung a leak and i had to go in and plate the bottom of the tank not only to stop the leak, but to give longer service life. i didnt have to wear a powered chemical respirator to do this, but why take chances. there is chromic acid, alodine, zinc, zinc chromate, sulfuric and nitric acid, caustic soda, and the list goes on for more than i care to type, of chemicals that will be in this tank at one time or another.i didnt want to weld in that tank without respirator.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 6010 View Post
    I was just wondering what kind of work would require you to wear the respirator while you were working.

    Had i wore a good respirator years ago i prob wouldn't have a puffer in my pocket now. All those years welding galv steel and plasma cutting took some years off my lungs. Forget those paper masks they aren't worth a crap. I now wear a good 3m half mask with chemical cartridges...Bob
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    You certainly do the right thing when you wear a respirator if you go into an atmosphere you are not sure of. We are only issued one set of lungs and it is our responsibility to take care of them. I think you are a father, so you have an added responsibility to work safe.

    I know at the paper mill where I worked we went to great lengths to make sure anyone going into a confined space went into a clean atmosphere. We blanked off all lines going into a vessel. It didn't matter if it was a one inch line or a twenty inch line, not only were the chemical line valves locked closed, all chemical and steam lines were blanked off with a pancake or a spectacle blind.

    Nobody even stuck their head in a tank until it had been sniffed. There was always a hole watch at each confined space and if they had to leave, everyone in the vessel came out. The tank had to be resniffed before anyone went back in. I feel very fortunate for have worked for a company that placed such a high value on safety. Because of this, I have already been able to work long enough to retired one time, and I am looking forward to when I can retire again
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