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When we think of welding and brazing we all picture large industrial welders generating heavy oils and mists. Most brazing applications, however, are closer in nature to the soldering process and the expense of units designed to remove the oils and mists are not required. IP Systems offers a wide range of portable fume extraction units designed for brazing applications when heavy oil and mist control are not needed.
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Welding produces fumes that contain gaseous and particulate matter. This matter can be harmful to human health, and often consists of heavy metals, hazardous chemicals, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The fumes result from the high heat of the welding torch and the release of particles from the metal being welded. What happens is that the heat expands the air, allowing for solid particulate matter and gaseous matter to enter the air as fumes.
Welders are exposed to fumes regularly, and both short and long term exposure to these fumes can cause serious health hazards. Short-term consequences are usually mild and result in irritation, lightheadedness, and nausea. However, long term exposure can result in metal fume fever, organ damage, high heavy metal levels in blood, skin damage, and respiratory illness.
Some fumes can have known carcinogens, raising the worker’s cancer risk.
OSHA has restrictions on the amount of toxic chemicals a worker can be exposed to. These permissible exposure limits, or PELs, must be met otherwise workers can be at great health risk. It’s also important to keep below PELs in order to stay compliant with OSHA regulation.
Our portable welding fume extractors take these dangerous fumes out of the air, filter it, and recirculate the cleaned and purified air. This lowers worker risk substantially while also making it easier on the air filter in your shop’s HVAC system.
Our portable welding fume extractors contain a combination filter media, with a HEPA filter and an activated carbon base. This protects workers from both particulate matter and several types of dangerous gases.
To learn more about our portable fume extractors, check out our product lines below, or call us to ask how our welding fume extractors can fit in your operation!
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