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After the complex production of metallic raw materials they typically undergo further processing. Noise, heat, dust and other hazards make working conditions challenging.
Selecting the best possible protection for the wearer is only part of the challenge - increasing wearing acceptance from workers is key as well to reduce risks and injuries.
For more than 100 years, 3M has been developing effective and individual PPE (personal protection equipment) solutions for the metalworking industry.
Failing to create a safe work environment can have far reaching consequences:
Identifying hazards and the best protection solution is not always easy.
3M can support you through this process and help you make correct decisions based on your needs.
From steel works to aluminium smelters, from welding works to lead recycling: we understand user requirements and work together with them to create a safe working environment.
Things are really hot here: in iron furnaces, iron ore is used to extract pig iron. Extreme working conditions prevail so it is essential to completely protect your employees.
Learn how 3M helped to reduce blood lead levels of metal workers by up to 40% by using appropriate PPE.
Read case study - Lead factory (PDF, 270 KB)
In metal processing, the liquid metal is first cast as pigs, ingots or slabs. The further processing of the pigs takes place in the foundries, with extreme heat and flying sparks.
Find out how 3M supplied air respiratory protective equipment proved a success in foundries.
Read case study - Foundry (PDF, 130 KB)
From metal to finished product: the basic material undergoes further processing which involves typical metalworking tasks, such as welding, cutting, turning, drilling, milling, planing.
Explore how occupational health and safety reduces the amount of injuries and pays off measurably.
Read case study - Automotive industry (PDF, 160 KB)
Read case study - Freight car production (PDF, 290 KB)
Designed for welders working at high amperages and that need to grind frequently, the 3M™ Speedglas™ Heavy-Duty Welding Helmet G5-01 is created to be adaptable to an individual’s needs and situation.
Designed with smart and intuitive features, the 3M Secure Click Half Mask Reusable Respirator HF-800 Series helps protect workers from particulates and a wide variety of gases and vapours when used with approved 3M™ Secure Click™ filters and cartridges.
Ready to experience our 3M Secure Click Half Mask Reusable Respirator HF-800 Series and 3M Speedglas Heavy-Duty Welding Helmet G5-01 yourself?
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New breathing valve assembly and unique filter technology! Convenient to use, reassuringly reliable and with improved comfort.
In the extreme you can trust our positive pressure supplied air respirator with automatic changeover valve for emergency respiratory protection and escape capability.
Learn more about 3M's hearing protector with built-in analog and digital programmable two-way communication radio and other features like a level dependent function.
Download 3M’s free Airborne Hazard Guide to learn more about process-related pollutants that your workers may be exposed to every day.
Eye injuries are among the most common work accidents in metalworking causing considerable costs and downtime. Flying particles, generated during grinding or cutting, as well as dangerous UV and IR rays when welding, can potentially cause irreversible eye and face injuries.
Heat is one of the greatest problems at many metalworking workplaces – from metal production and further processing to finishing. 3M offers special heat protection product solutions for safe and efficient work.
Working in many different workplaces – for instance during maintenance work in installations and machinery – results in other hazard sources, such as falling objects. 3M offers head protection (bump caps or helmets) that protect your workforce effectively against potential injury.
European Standards - Head protection (PDF, 440KB)
Metal fabrication is the building of metal structures by cutting, bending, and assembling processes, most commonly welding.
It is a value-added process that 3M understands well. From abrasive discs and belts to industry leading welding PPE - we are here to help.
Fettling or deburring ensures reliable and even removal of flashing on metal workpieces. Sparks, splinters and particles fly. Personal protective equipment from 3M reliably protects your employees from these hazards.
PPE Solutions in the foundry (PDF, 4MB)
Effective all-round protection is needed against all kinds of risks. 3M provides integrated PPE which combines comprehensive eye, face and respiratory protection in a single system. The innovative welding helmets from 3M enable welding results combined with great wearer comfort and safety.
Welding Fumes (PDF, 480 KB)
Sparks fly, particles pollute the ambient air, not to speak of the noise. When cutting and grinding metal various health risks arise which require comprehensive protection. 3M knows these requirements from practical experience and has developed integrated PPE systems to measure.
After the surfaces have been finished, the work can finally be painted and refined.
Isocycanates (PDF, 250 KB)
3M’s PPE experts are ready to advise you on any questions relating to safety and protection in metalworking and the uses of 3M’s PPE products.