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Welding Respiratory Systems

Do you know what your are breathing?

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  • Ask any experiences welder about the hazards of the job and eye protection usually comes top of their list. But at 3M we’ve never lost sight of the bigger picture. And nor should you. Here’s why...

    Like you we take eye and face protection extremely seriously, but we also know that comfort and optical clarity are other critical factors for the welders ability to use their personal protective equipment.

    Often illnesses due to welding fumes take many weeks, months and sometimes years to become apparent.

    Learn more about the health effects from welding fumes.

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    Speedglas Welding Protection


Welding Respiratory Helmets and Protective Visors

  • 3M™ Speedglas™ Welding Helmet 9100-Air

    Superior optical performance for continuous viewing comfort with refreshing airflow across your entire breathing zone.

    - Available with our top-of-the line welding filters, including the new Speedglas welding filter kit 9100XXi.
    - Seven dark shades: 5, 8-13.
    - Three sizes of viewing area: regular, large and extra-large.
    - Side windows
    - Readily connects both powered and supplied air respirator systems.

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  • 3M™ Speedglas™ Welding Helmet 9100 FX-Air

    For the professional welder who also grinds,  flip-up combination of an auto-darkening welding helmet and a high impact protective grinding visor.

    - Seven dark shades: 5, 8-13.
    - Three sizes of filter viewing area: regular, large and extra-large.
    - A big, 17x10 cm clear protective visor.
    - Side windows
    - Readily connects both powered and supplied air respirator systems.

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  • 3M™ Speedglas™ Welding Helmet 9100 MP

    For environments with falling hazards we’ve seamlessly integrated five levels of welder protection: head, eye, face, respiratory and hearing into one easy-to-use system.

    - Features an EN 397 approved safety helmet.
    - Flip-up combination of welding helmet and a big, clear protective visor (17x10 cm).
    - Available with our top-of-the line welding filters, including the new Speedglas 9100XXi.
    - Seven dark shades: 5, 8-13.
    - Side windows peripherial vision
    - Readily connects both powered and supplied air respirator systems.

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  • 3M™ Speedglas™ Welding Helmet 9100 MP-Lite

    For environments with stationary hazards this is a lighter alternative to the Speedglas welding helmet 9100 MP

    - Features an EN 812 approved bump cap.
    - Flip-up combination of welding helmet and a big, clear protective visor (17x10 cm).
    - Available with our top-of-the line welding filters, including the new Speedglas 9100XXi.

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  • 3M™ Versaflo™ M-series Headtops

    Lightweight, compact, well-balanced and offer integrated respiratory, head, eye, face and optional hearing protection.

    - Faceshield M-107
    - Helmet M-307
    - Helmet with shoud M-407

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  • 3M™ Air Delivery Units

    3M offers a wide range of personal respiratory protection, providing unequalled comfort and protection in the toughest conditions.

    For welding respiratory systems we recommend the Adflo powered air respirator or the Versaflo supplied air regulator V-500E.

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Additional Resources

  • All welding fumes contains pollutants
    Under normal working conditions the respiratory rate is about 20 litres of air per minute. Over a working year (full-time welding), a welder breathes in about 2300 m3 of air. For example the Occupational Exposure Limit (OEL) for zinc oxide, in many countries is 5 mg/m3. Even if you’re within this OEL, you inhale up to 11 grams of zinc oxide every year when not using personal respiratory protection.

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  • Do you know what you're breathing?
    It’s critical to understand if exposure to airborne contaminants are putting you and your workers at risk. Safety authorities in most countries set safe levels for welding fumes which are called Ocupational Exposure Limits (OEL’s). Ask your Safety Engineer to determine contaminant concentrations or contact a certified Industrial Hygenist, visit... Available tools: 3M™ EVM Environmental Monitors to measure hazards in real-time and 3M™ Organic Capour Monitor Badges that measure personal exposure to hazards.

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  • Personal protection is your last line of defense

    To reduce fume exposure levels within your facility there are a few general steps you can follow:

    1. Can the work process be modified to reduce contaminants?
    2. Can you use a welding technique that makes less fume?
    3. Ventilation and other engineering controls should be used.
    4. When step 1-3 are not feasible, or when they are not able to reduce the welders exposure below permisable levels, personal respiratory protection should be implemented.

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A Respirator Designed for Welders

  • 3M™ Adflo™ Powered Air Respirator

    3M™ Adflo™ Powered Air Respirator

    Since its launch, 3M™ Adflo™ Powered Air Respirator has become one of the most popular powered air respirators in e world. The Adflo powered air respirator is specifically designed to meet your welding needs. Its continuous airflow provides filtered air that takes much of the heat and sweat out of welding. By using the Adflo respirator, you get both increased protection and comfort all day long.

    The slim profile and ergonomic design makes it easier to go into tight welding spaces and offers the quality and functions you should expect from a robust and easy-to-use respiratory protection. The new Li-ion batteries makes it even more lightweight and balanced for even greater comfort during the full shift.

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