Why we need Fume Extraction Equipment
Fume extraction is crucial when welding because the process generates hazardous fumes and gases that can pose serious health risks to the welder and those in the surrounding area. Here are the main reasons why fume extraction is necessary during welding:
- Protection of the welder’s health: Welding produces a variety of toxic fumes and gases, including metal oxides, ozone, nitrogen oxides, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Prolonged exposure to these fumes can lead to short-term effects such as dizziness, nausea, and eye, nose, and throat irritation. Long-term exposure can result in more severe health issues, including respiratory problems, lung diseases, and even cancer. Fume extraction systems help remove these harmful substances, minimising the risk of respiratory issues and other health problems for the welder.
- Compliance with health and safety regulations: Many countries have established regulations and guidelines regarding occupational health and safety. These regulations often include specific requirements for controlling welding fumes. By implementing proper fume extraction systems, welders and employers can ensure compliance with these regulations, promoting a safer working environment.
- Improved visibility and weld quality: Welding fumes can create a cloud of smoke around the welding area, impairing visibility for the welder. Reduced visibility increases the risk of errors, resulting in weld defects and safety hazards. Fume extraction helps clear the air, allowing better visibility of the weld joint and ensuring precise and high-quality welds.
- Fire and explosion prevention: Some welding processes, such as those involving flammable materials or in confined spaces, carry an increased risk of fire or explosion. Welding fumes can contribute to the formation of explosive atmospheres if not properly managed. Fume extraction systems minimise the accumulation of flammable gases and reduce the risk of fire and explosion hazards.