There are several different welding processes and each type includes its own set of unique equipment, materials, and consumables — but when it comes to safety, all welding processes have one thing in common: they produce dangerous air contaminants. From welding smoke to black process dust; to thick haze and fumes, the air contaminants produced during welding processes can result in severe health and safety risks.
Because welding smoke, dust, haze, and fumes consist of micron and submicron-sized particulate, they can quickly join the airstream and become inhaled, targeting the blood, lungs, and central nervous system — among other vital organs. Symptoms of overexposure to welding contaminants vary based on the application and length of exposure. Integrating air filtration, fume extraction, or a combination of both helps prevent the risk of weld smoke and other associated welding contaminants.
Welding fume removal provides an easily adjustable and convenient way to remove contaminated air before it reaches the breathing zone of machine operators. Weld fume extraction systems can range from air filtration systems to fume arms to downdraft tables depending on the welding process or application.
Air filtration is excellent for capturing smoke, odors, haze, and other air contaminants from welding environments.
Air filtration for welding is supplied through ambient air cleaners that feature a centrifugal-style blower and customized filter media. Ambient air cleaners work as a secondary system to capture the air contaminants that aren't removed by the primary collection solution. When combined, fume extraction systems and air filtration leave workshops with optimally clean air.
Any building where welding processes occur or where weld smoke, dust, haze, and fumes are present must abide by applicable NIOSH and OSHA regulations and operate equipment according to the manufacturer's safety and operation manuals.
Air filtration systems do more than circulate the cleanest possible air — they also keep dust, dirt, and debris from settling on surfaces and flooring, and in the crevices of equipment. Air filtration keeps welding environments clean to increase production, lower maintenance costs, extend filter life, prevent equipment malfunction, and boost morale!
Blue Ox Air Cleaners has worked with a full range of welding businesses to establish safe, breathable air — from heavy equipment dealerships to small local workshops, we have found a solution for even the most detailed welding applications.
When an industrial machining shop reached out to us for help with weld smoke — we knew exactly how to handle it! They were operating a few dozen welding machines for up to 10 hours a day, and a thick haze would continually form. Machine operators began to voice concerns about comfort and safety, and it was clear that conditions in the shop had to change.
After installing and running Blue Ox units above the shop floor, they noticed an immediate difference.
The thick haze from the welding smoke was gone within just a few minutes and the conditions in the shop have improved drastically. To learn more about how we've helped welding businesses, check out our case studies or get in touch with us today!
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