Extraction arms are available in various sizes and can be mounted on walls, rails or used on extension booms to make sure they can be positioned close to the working area in many situations. The possibilities of these systems are nearly endless.
Correct use of a flexible extraction arm can make or break its effectiveness. In order to draw fumes and dust into the capture hood, the arm needs to be positioned close to the working area and above the source of the contaminants. If the employee needs to change position, it is of utmost importance that the extraction arm is moved as well.
When working positions change frequently, it may initially seem inconvenient to move the extraction equipment. However, since flexible extraction arms are equipped with support mechanisms, are easily moved with large handles, they can move smoothly and repositioning is very easy.
For the best results, it is essential that all workers are familiar with a few good practices:
Some more considerations:
While most employees working in the metal industry are aware of immediate risks like arc eye injuries or burns, the long-term health dangers of welding fumes and metal dust are sometimes overlooked. It is therefore very important to make sure that workers and other employees in the vicinity are convinced of the necessity of extraction and protection equipment. When workers truly understand not only how important these systems are but also how easily the extraction arms can be used, the effectiveness of extraction arms will increase significantly. A safer work environment is also likely to reduce absence of workers caused by sickness. With safer and healthier working conditions, employees feel better and perform better.
For the right use of an extraction arm see this YouTube movie.