Welding fume extraction solutions

Health risks of welding

How to protect against hazardous welding fumes

Welders face a series of risks from dangerous substances that could mean they face time off work for illness or even early retirement. Different welding methods give rise to different amounts of fumes containing various concentrations of hazardous substances. Among the high-risk elements are hexavalent chromium Cr (VI), manganese, nickel and lead. The particle size (0.01-1μm) affects how toxic the fumes are. The smaller the particles, the more dangerous they become because they are easier to breathe in deeply in the lungs. The amount and type of welding fumes that are formed depend on the welding parameters and basic materials. It is therefore impossible to say that one method is always better or worse than another. The trend is that MIG, MAG and TIG welding are being used increasingly. These methods usually lead to an improved working environment.

Major risks with welding

The risks associated with different welding processes and coated materials. Serious diseases linked to exposure to various types of welding fumes including the following:

  • Cancer of lungs, bowel, intestines and liver
  • Brain damage
  • Neurological diseases
  • Decreased lung capacity
  • Pneumonia
  • Asthma
  • Skin diseases
  • Allergies
  • Fertility problems

Nederman solutions for workplace ventilation

A good, safe working environment can be established, which will limit sick leave and prevent early retirement. A good working environment means that the end-product will be better and productivity higher. A successful business requires safe and decent working conditions. 

Extraction at source is found to be the most effective way to collect and remove fumes. Choose the most effective solution for your workplace! Nederman has different solutions for getting rid of dust, fumes and particles. Your choice depends on what you are going to use extraction for and how often you will use it.

Welding particles 
Airborne particles from 2 weeks welding. One single welder produces 20-40 g fumes per hour which corresponds to about 35-70 kg per year.