Ask any experienced 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...
According to HSE EH40/2005, it’s legally within the Workplace Exposure Limits (WEL) to inhale 11 grams of iron oxide fume every year. To illustrate - this tube contains totally 11 grams of welding fume particles.
Working within a WEL of 5 mg/m3 for iron oxide, a full-time welder may inhale up to 11 grams of iron oxide fume every year.1
How does a body react to that?
Notably, it is more likely to occur after time away from the job (weekends, holidays, etc.).2
All welding fumes contains gas and/or particles. To reduce fume exposure levels within your facility there are a few general steps you can follow: