Companies are obliged by law to keep welding fumes in the breathing zone of a welder below a certain limit. As welding fumes are potentially dangerous for people’s health, they should be reduced and/or extracted from the area where welding fume collects. Plymovent offers various effective solutions for the extraction of welding fumes.
Hierarchy for treatment of welding fumes
There are international standards for the preferred order in which welding fumes must be captured. This order is listed below. The next solution is chosen only when the previous one cannot be applied or is only a partial solution. In practice the total solution for a workshop is often a mixture of methods.
- Reduce or avoid the production of welding fumes
- At-source capture of welding fumes
- Separate source and human by automation and e.g. an extraction hood
- General ventilation and personal protection
A cleaner factory
When welding fumes are captured effectively, it will prevent the polluted air from spreading all over the premises. The machine areas, tools, products, offices and rest areas will stay clean as no dust and fumes will fall down anymore.
Less absence due sickness
Welding fume extraction is likely to reduce the absence of the workforce caused by sickness. It can also reduce other health complaints throughout a company, such as occupational asthma and eye irritation.
Order of welding fume extraction put in practice
Our reference cases will provide you with some practical examples of companies where we have effectively reduced the welding fumes in the workshop, using the technique above.
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