Keeping smoke out of welders’ breathing zone and making sure that the whole facility is free of welding fumes is a vital responsibility of manufacturers and plant owners. Manufacturers know that weld fumes threaten workers’ health and raise many other serious concerns, regardless of the operation performed – manual or robotic welding. If weld fumes are not captured, then the health of all workers (in the entire facility) can be put to risk.
Weld fumes contain toxic metals particulates. These less than a micrometer in diameter particulates are released into the air when welding wires get subjected to extreme heat and can be easily inhaled and absorbed into the body. Additionally, hexavalent chromium particulates, which are toxic, can travel in these fumes and cause different types of serious health problems, including cancer. The absence of a comprehensive weld fume control system will not only put the health of workers in an entire facility at risk, but may also be considered a violation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) “General Duty Clause.” This directive requires manufacturers to provide a safe and healthy workplace and, with regard to welding facilities, to adhere to air contaminant requirements, one of which is to maintain the presence of specific toxic substances, like manganese and hexavalent chromium, within permissible exposure levels (PELs).
Industrial welding dust filtration and control, as explained in the website of RoboVent, may be effectively and efficiently accomplished thru the installation of a weld fume ventilation system for any of the following purposes:
- Manual Welding Source Capture. Source capture is a proven way to reduce weld fumes in manual welding operations. Collecting fumes at the point of welding ensures a more efficient means of capture and a higher degree of safety for workers.
- Manual Welding Ambient Systems. Ambient solutions for manual welding stations capture weld fumes from the environment, improving the air for workers and the entire facility.
- Portable Weld Fume Smoke Extraction. These self-contained systems enable workers to capture weld fumes from any location. When production lines or welding cells must remain flexible, these systems safeguard workers, no matter the situation.
- Robotic Welding. RoboVent offers multiple systems for addressing the special concerns of robotic welding. Cutting-edge collectors provide workers and facilities the highest levels of protection possible.
Manufacturers who are concerned about productivity and who make the safety of their workers top priority should never think twice investing in what will keep their facility clean and with good breathable air.