Welding fumes and grinding dust are generated during metal and manufacturing processes. These fumes can collect above machinery to form a visible cloud of smoke resulting in a potentially harmful working environment.
To comply with the legal limits for air pollutants associated with welding and grinding work, there is a requirement for high quality fume extraction and filter systems.
With large workpieces common in this particular branch of industry, point or source extraction is difficult to operate and a cloud of welding fume can build up very quickly, this cloud consists of welding fumes, particulates and the residues of molten metals. Welders will often move between multiple workstations and/or workpieces. Personal protective equipment may indeed protect the welder, but not other workers in the production facility. the amounts of harmful and environmentally damaging vapours and fumes must be lowered to protect non welders.