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Safe Welding Fume Extraction Solutions

Safe Welding Fume Extraction Solutions

Protecting Students and Educators from Welding Fumes

Welding activities, integral to technical and vocational education, present a dual challenge: imparting essential skills while safeguarding against the health hazards of welding fumes. In Australian TAFEs, colleges, schools, and training centres, prioritising safety is paramount. Welding fumes, composed of a hazardous amalgam including metallic oxides, silicates, and fluorides, are classified as Group 1 carcinogens by the Cancer Council. To address this critical concern, our cutting-edge fume extractor systems offer a robust defence, efficiently capturing harmful gases at their source while ensuring optimal performance and compliance with industry standards.

Specs Suited to Application

Our fume extraction systems are tailored to meet the specific needs of educational environments, including TAFEs, colleges, schools, and training centres. With 360° rotation, balanced positioning, and energy-saving mechanisms, these systems are designed to effectively capture welding fumes and gases, ensuring the safety of operators, educators, and bystanders.


  • Efficient Fume Capture: Telescopic extraction arms efficiently capture welding fumes at the source, redirecting them away from the breathing zone.
  • Durable Construction: Constructed from high-quality materials, our extractor systems are built to withstand the rigours of educational environments while ensuring optimal performance.
  • Compliance and Safety: Rigorously tested to meet industry standards and compliance regulations, our products are designed with safety and regulatory requirements in mind.
  • Energy Efficiency: Equipped with features such as dampers in the hood, our systems save energy when not in operation, contributing to cost savings and sustainability.
  • Customisable Options: Our extractor systems offer a range of mounting options, including brackets, extension arms, and exhaust rails, providing flexibility to suit various application needs.


Our fume extractors are crafted from high-quality materials, ensuring durability and reliability in educational environments. From robust arm construction to encapsulated arm support mechanisms, every component is designed to withstand the challenges of welding environments while maintaining optimal performance.

"I would like to commend Flexsheild for their customer support, every step of the process has been very professional from quote to supply. I changed the request a few times and nothing was too much trouble, the welding screens arrived promptly from order and were packed extremely well. As we received 4 different curtain sizes all were clearly marked which made installation a breeze. Not only have we improved the visual appearance of our welding bays we believe we have provided our teachers and students with a safer working environment. I would be happy to recommend Flexsheild to any education provider as its Australian made and meets the highest quality and safety standards. Regards Steve Dearle Design Technology Technician Ellenbrook Secondary College."

Steve Dearle | Ellenbrook Secondary College

Testing & Compliance

Our fume extraction systems undergo rigorous testing to meet industry standards and compliance regulations. Rest assured that our products are designed and manufactured to effectively remove harmful welding fumes and gases, safeguarding the health and well-being of operators, educators, and bystanders.

How to Specify

When specifying fume extraction systems for educational environments, consider factors such as the size of the space, the type of welding activities performed, and the number of operators. Please consult with our team at Flexshield to receive detailed assessments and consultations tailored to your specific needs. Contact us at 1300 799 969 or visit us online for more information.

Questions people ask about Safe Welding Fume Extraction Solutions

Signs of a malfunctioning fume extraction system include weak airflow, unusual odours in the workspace, visible dust or fumes not being captured by the hood, and increased levels of airborne contaminants detected through air quality monitoring. If any of these signs are observed, the system should be inspected and repaired promptly to prevent exposure to hazardous substances in accordance with Australian guidelines.

Training programs should include instruction on the importance of fume extraction, how to use the equipment correctly, recognize signs of malfunction, and proper maintenance procedures according to Australian standards. Regular refresher training sessions help reinforce these concepts and ensure ongoing compliance with safety protocols outlined by Australian regulations.

Yes, fume extraction systems can be tailored to the specific needs of different activities in accordance with Australian standards. For example, welding fume extraction may require different equipment and configurations compared to soldering or laser cutting. Consulting with experts can help design a system that meets the unique requirements of each trade in compliance with Australian regulations.

One common misconception is that fume extraction is only necessary for large-scale industrial operations. In reality, even small-scale activities in trade training centres can produce harmful fumes that require extraction to protect workers’ health in accordance with Australian guidelines.

Yes, Australia’s occupational health and safety regulations typically mandate implementing fume extraction systems in workplaces where hazardous fumes are generated. Additionally, specific standards and guidelines are provided by organizations like Safe Work Australia that outline requirements for fume extraction systems in compliance with Australian regulations.

Fume extraction systems should be inspected regularly, ideally every quarter, per Australian standards, to ensure they function properly. Filters should be checked and replaced as needed, and the entire system should be cleaned to prevent clogging and maintain optimal performance, as stipulated by Australian regulations.

As outlined in Australian guidelines, welding machines, soldering irons, plasma cutters, laser cutters, and CNC machines, all produce fumes and airborne particles that require extraction to maintain a safe working environment in compliance with Australian regulations.

Exposure to fumes and airborne particles can lead to various health issues, including respiratory problems, eye irritation, headaches, dizziness, and, in extreme cases, long-term lung damage or cancer, as specified by Australian regulations. As per Australian standards, adequate fume extraction is essential to minimize these risks among students and instructors.

By Australian guidelines, fume extraction systems typically consist of hoods, ductwork, filters, and fans. The hood captures the contaminants at the source; the ductwork transports them to the filtration system, where particles are removed, and the fan ensures proper airflow. Clean air is then released into the environment, meeting Australian standards for workplace safety.

As per Australian standards, fume extraction refers to removing potentially harmful airborne contaminants, such as dust, gases, and fumes, generated during various industrial processes. In trade training centres, where welding, soldering, and machining are common, fume extraction is crucial for maintaining a safe and healthy learning environment by preventing exposure to hazardous substances.

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