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Safe Welding Fume Extraction Solutions

Protection from welding fumes

Welding fumes are a complex mixture of dangerous, potentially cancer-causing agents (carcinogens) including metallic oxides, silicates and fluorides. These fumes form when metal is heated above its boiling point, and it’s vapours condense into very fine particles (solid particulates).

It’s little wonder that in 2017, the Cancer Council classified all types of welding fumes as Group 1 carcinogens.

To protect operators, safe fume extractor systems should be used anywhere welding is performed, especially at:

  • TAFEs
  • Colleges
  • Schools
  • Training centres
  • Engineering workshops

Capture & extract harmful welding gases and fumes

Telescopic extraction arms are the preferred solutions to control welding fumes, because they capture the fumes and gases close to the source and move them away from the operator’s breathing zone.

Other options available for safe fume extraction include individual or central system extraction arms, and extraction carts which move around the shop floor during the welding process

Safe fume extractor systems will:

  • Guard against the complex mixture of metallic oxides, silicates and fluoride fumes created by welding
  • Protect both the welder and bystanders from fumes
  • Control fumes
  • Control welding smoke

Common welding fumes

Beryllium Hardening agent found in copper, magnesium, aluminium alloys, and electrical contacts.
Cadmium oxides Stainless steel containing cadmium or plated materials, zinc alloy.
Chromium Most stainless steel and high alloy materials, welding rods. Also used as a plating material.
Nickel Stainless steel, nickel-chromium, nickel-copper and other high-alloy materials, welding rods and plated steel.

Contact us for more information about our Safe Fume Extraction Systems. For a detailed assessment and consultation contact Flexshield on 1300 799 969 or contact us online.

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