This weld fume extraction guide takes a look at the many ways to collect and remove weld fume from a facility. When not properly taken out of the work area, weld fume can cause some serious health issues for welders.
Weld Fume Extraction Methods
- Ambient Collection – The entire roof acts like a hood and allows fume to rise and be collected towards the ceiling. Ductwork runs with inlets above the work area to clear the fumes.
- Source Collection – Welders manipulate an arm to the location where the welding is taking place and the arm removes the fume from the area.
- Hood Collection – Welders or robots work under a hood that contains fume to a confined space where the dust collector removes and filters it.
- Downdraft Collection – Work occurs on a grated table that pulls the fume out from underneath and vents it to a dust collector.
Health Risks Associated with Weld Fume
Welding Stainless steel
- Produces hexavalent chromium, a dangerous valence state of the element chromium. Chromium metal is added to alloy steel to increase hardenability and corrosion resistance.
- Causes lung cancer, allergies, and damage to the nose, throat, and respiratory tract
- Produces ozone and aluminum oxide. TIG, MIG, and plasma-arc welding typically produce ozone, a highly toxic gas. Aluminum oxide forms from the base and filler materials and exists in the welding fumes.
- Causes bronchitis and aluminosis (aluminum lung), a form of pneumoconiosis that leads to pulmonary fibrosis
Consult a doctor if you experience frequent sneezing, coughing, runny nose, nosebleeds, chest tightness, or shortness of breath.
Weld Fume Extraction Equipment and Experts
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