Fume extraction solutions - Mobile vs On-Torch extraction

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OVERVIEW

In 2019, HSE changed their enforcement expectations for all workers who undertake welding activities. As a result of scientific research, evidence suggests exposure to welding fume, can cause lung cancer. The new legislation requires those exposed to welding fume, to have effective preventative measures in place to control it and stay protected.

These growing concerns have led to an increase in demand for fume extraction solutions. This article will explore two of the main solutions mobile and on torch extraction.

Fume extraction

MOBILE FUME EXTRACTION

One of the most well-known Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) measures is the mobile fume extractor. These work by using a fume arm which attaches to the main unit to draw fumes from the weld, as well as smoke and contaminants. It is an agile solution, which operators may prefer over a fixed fume system. Portability is the main attraction for this solution, they can be maneuvered to where the welding activity is taking place, to ensure it is captured. They create a healthier work environment, especially for workers near the fumes, the filtered particulate reduces the risk of serious health issues

YOUR OPTIONS

We offer a range of mobile extractors including the Smartmaster, Profimaster and Protectoxtract, in a range of lengths and voltages. To find the most suitable mobile extractor for your requirements call our sales team on 01509 509 259 who will advise.

Kemper smartmaster

ON-TORCH EXTRACTION

Another method, which is arising in popularity, is the ‘on-torch’ fume extraction, a process in which fume is captured at source. This involves replacing a standard MIG torch with a fume extraction torch, which is connected to a hose which connects to a high vacuum filtration system. The unit then sucks air directly from the nozzle of the torch, taking the fume at source, and filtering out particulates. The advantage of this method is that it offers the highest level of fume extraction, at an approximate rate of 98% fume removal, therefore reducing the risk to the operator. The downside of this is the fume torch can be slightly heavier than the regular MIG torch, however more ergonomic designs have been developed, including the Translas 8xe Mini torch.

YOUR OPTIONS

We offer a range of on torch extraction solutions, including our very own heavy duty on torch extractor. We also stock the Translas range, including the clear T100 and W200 extractor. The selection of torches, allows you to find the one that works best for you!

Foster x300 a with translas torch

RESPIRATORY PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

Where engineering controls are not adequate, suitable respiratory protective equipment is also required. With the growing concern over welding fume, we designed our own air-fed welding helmets, the Prem-Air, and the Prem-Air GX with grinding visor. Designed for maximum comfort and ease of use, this reduces the risk of fume exposure by filtering the air through to PAPR unit.

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Why use RPE?

This extra protection further reassures the user of maximum protection from the hazardous fumes and conforms to HSE guidelines. HSE visit workplaces without warning to assess the measures in place and the effectiveness of this, so it is important have solutions in place to avoid being penalised and risking your health.

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FUME EXTRACTION SURVEYS

Monitoring weld fume levels can be difficult, so let us do it for you. Did you know we provide free welding fume extraction surveys to measure your exposure levels? We will advise on the necessary LEV equipment, so you don’t have to mess around. There is not a one size fits all, so it’s important to find out your best solution for your unique requirements. Get in touch today, conform to HSE, stay protected.

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