Blogs

  • New evidence: welding fumes can cause lung cancer
    New evidence: welding fumes can cause lung cancer 11 March 2019

    When metals are heated above their melting point, they vaporize and condense into welding fumes. Most people know that these welding fumes are unhealthy and dangerous. Although not everybody in the metal industry – and in other lines of work where welding is done – is fully aware of the dangers, most of them are familiar with local exhaust ventilation and personal protection equipment to minimize the health risks that are involved with welding.

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  • New Diesel Engine Technology and Ultrafine Particles
    New Diesel Engine Technology and Ultrafine Particles 11 January 2019

    Over the years, modern diesel engines have become cleaner. Or in other words: they have become less pollutable and emit less hazardous fumes. Diesel engines even emit less carbon dioxide than gasoline engines and many diesel engine manufacturers claim that most of the harm of diesel exhaust has been reduced.

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  • Metal fume fever. What is it and how to prevent it?
    Metal fume fever. What is it and how to prevent it? 29 October 2018

    Metal fume fever is a benign, self-limiting occupational respiratory disease that results from the inhalation of fine metal particles. Whilst the exact mechanism for this condition is not known, the primary cause is thought to relate to the inhalation of zinc oxide fumes produced when zinc-coated steel or zinc-containing alloys (e.g. brass) are heated to high temperatures. A variety of other names for this condition is used, such as copper fever, brazier’s disease, welder’s ague, foundry fever, brass chills and spelter shakes.

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  • Helping to keep firefighters healthy during cover assignments
    Helping to keep firefighters healthy during cover assignments 21 August 2018

    Last year, leading US firefighter advocate Billy Goldfeder wrote an article on the importance of having compatible systems among fire departments with automatic or mutual aid agreements:

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  • Supplied air respirators provide the best all-around protection
    Supplied air respirators provide the best all-around protection 23 July 2018

    Welders must be protected against hazardous welding fumes. Depending on the welding environment or how and what is welded, welders can be protected by systems for source extraction and general filtration and ventilation. Also, they can be protected by respiratory protective equipment (RPE), such as welding helmets with fresh air supply. Supplied air respirators are known to provide the best all-around protection for the welders themselves.

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  • Welders themselves see ‘health’ issues as longer term and thus less salient
    Welders themselves see ‘health’ issues as longer term and thus less salient 27 February 2018

    Nowadays, everybody knows that welding fumes are very dangerous and that all kinds of protective measures should be taken and respected during work. In other blogs on this site, you can read more about those dangers and risks. But is everybody really aware of the importance of those protective measures such as PPE and local exhaust ventilation? The answers of welders themselves are surprising…

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  • At source extraction is the recommended method for weld fume extraction
    At source extraction is the recommended method for weld fume extraction 16 February 2018

    In buildings where welding is carried out, temperature control and problems of airborne contamination are important, and the provision of clean air increases. Although fresh air is usually supplied by general ventilation, the sole use of general ventilation for airborne pollutant control in welding is usually ineffective.

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  • New firefighter study points to absorption of hazardous substances through the skin
    New firefighter study points to absorption of hazardous substances through the skin 08 December 2017

    Removing turnout gear immediately after fighting a fire can greatly reduce skin absorption of cancer-causing compounds, according to a new study from the University of Ottawa.

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  • Different possibilities to reduce the risks of welding fumes
    Different possibilities to reduce the risks of welding fumes 27 November 2017

    To extract welding fumes and protect the welder, at source ventilation is always the most efficient and safe way. In addition, all kinds of measures can be taken to reduce welding fumes and its risks.

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  • Coatings on metal make the composition of welding fumes more dangerous
    Coatings on metal make the composition of welding fumes more dangerous 31 October 2017

    Welding fumes contain oxides of the metals in the materials being welded. If not protected by personal protection equipment and proper ventilation measures, a welder and his surrounding are exposed to several health risks by the oxides of the metals.

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  • Hazards due to diesel fumes are still insufficiently prevented
    Hazards due to diesel fumes are still insufficiently prevented 17 October 2017

    In workplaces such as garages, bus depots and warehouses there is a lot of pollution, caused by diesel engines. The engines produce toxic gases and particulates, that can cause serious health risks and legal liability. Although it is well known that fumes are toxic and protective measures should be taken, that isn’t always done.

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  • NIOSH Health Hazard Reports (HHEs) underscore need for firefighters to use diesel exhaust extraction systems
    NIOSH Health Hazard Reports (HHEs) underscore need for firefighters to use diesel exhaust extraction systems 17 October 2017

    Two NIOSH Health Hazard Reports (HHEs) recommend that fire stations are equipped with diesel exhaust extraction systems, and to encourage regular use, even when firefighters are conducting routine running of the apparatus during equipment checks.

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