Welding extraction is essential when dealing with a number of different processing methods; such as welding, materials and coatings, matched with frequencies and durations. It can be diffuse for business owners, or health and safety managers to know when or how to adequately control fumes produced from the welding process. Local exhaust ventilation (LEV) is the primary solution to mitigate welding fume exposure.
As welding or cutting is a thermal process; gases, particulates and fumes that are produced from the process rise and are suspended in ambient. These can be detrimental to employee's health. It is essential cutting or welding extraction is provided to remove the constituents away from the breathing zone and out of the working environment.
Use Welding Extraction To Reduce Exposure
As welding or cutting is a thermal process; gases, particulates and fumes that are produced from the process rise and are suspended in the ambient air. These can be detrimental to employee's health. It is essential that cutting or welding extraction is provided to remove the constituents away from the breathing zone and out of the working environment.
Welding Fume Extraction
We've assembled lots of information about Welding Fume Extraction on our dedicated page. On here you'll find lots of helpful resources on how you can help your business provide a safe working environment for all staff and typically LEV solutions.
We offer a wide range of different engineering solutions to help control and reduce exposure to welding fume and cutting smoke that's produced in the working environment. We have a variety of solutions for welding processes, which include MIG welding, TIG welding, gas metal arc welding (GMAW), flux-cored arc welding (FCAW), stick welding (shielded metal arc welding (SMAW)) and laser cutting.
What are the Dangers of Welding Fumes?
Welders, other employees and other stakeholders who enter the workplace could be at risk from long term exposure to dangerous substances in contaminated air. This could increase the risk of employees contracting serious illnesses resulting in prolonged sickness or even early retirement.
Different welding methods produce different amounts of fumes and contain varying concentrations of contaminants. In our 'What are the Dangers of Welding Fume?' blog, we’ve assessed what welding fumes are, how the different compounds and concentrations affect your body, the risks associated with exposure and the best control measures to reduce risk.
In addition to the primary method of protecting workers from welding and thermal cutting fume and gases, the HSE advise using respiratory protective equipment (RPE) as a secondary measure.
Our range of engineering control solutions is ideal to improve the air quality in your workplace. By providing an LEV system, you're also providing clean air for your workforce. LEV systems typically include 4 core elements, these are
The capture hood should be placed as close to the welding torch or cutting torch as possible to draw away and capture fumes and gases at-source before they're able to dissipate into the broader workplace.
Depending on your business's production processes, whether you are metal cutting, welding metal or grinding, a filtration system may be required. An air filtration system will help capture dust that's produced in the cutting and grinding processes.
Welding Extraction Arms
Welding extraction arms offer a wide range of industrial process applications, such as brazing, welding and soldering, for dust and fume extraction and can be used in a variety of working environments, for example, the chemical industry and metal and fabrication industry.
Grinding Dust and Welding Extraction Arms
Grinding dust and welding extraction arms are ideal for tough working environments and industrial processes, such as hot processes, like welding and grinding. Arms for extraction are ideal for dealing with high temperatures, dust and smoke or fume as its made from a solid tubular structure.
Mobile Welding Extraction Units
Mobile welding fume extraction units is ideal for a variety of working environments including, vehicle workshops and engineering workshops for welding processes. Mobile welding fume extractor units feature a two or three-metre-long externally supported amobile extraction arm that’s available with a 160mm diameter and can deliver airflows and filtration of 1,200m3/h.
On torch welding extraction (also known as on-tool extraction) capture welding fumes directly at-source as the weld is being completed. They provide a unique solution for predominantly MIG welders, where there are continuous wire welding processes taking place.
General Ventilations Systems
General ventilation systems are ideal for manufacturing plants, fabrication workshops, production facilities and laboratories, which are subject to processes where dust, fumes, heat and gases are given off. A primary local exhaust ventilation systems (LEV) should be installed to capture these elements, at-source. However, residual fumes and gases can often rise above the capture zone of the LEV system and disperse into the broader working environment.
Downdraught benches provides a user with a workstation that captures dust and fumes whilst working. They are ideal in industrial working environments for dust and fume extraction and industrial processes, such as, welding and grinding work.
The Right Dust Extraction Solution for Your Needs
Auto Extract Systems can help specify and design the right welding extraction system for your business's requirements. Over the last 20 years, we've helped thousands of businesses create dust and fume free workplaces. As experts in all things LEV, we can help your business become HSE COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) Regulation 2002 compliant with a tailored LEV solution. We provide comprehensive design, installation, certification and maintenance services across a range of industry sectors.
We only use the highest quality products and installations come complete with a 12-month installation warranty. Find out more about our LEV Installations service.
To find out more about welding extraction and how we can help you find the right local exhaust ventilation (LEV) system for you and your business, head over to our News section. Request a FREE LEV site assessment today by clicking the button below, or call us on +44 (0)1942 267444.
Checklist To Help You To Choose The Right LEV Supplier
If you’re in the market for a new Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) system, it can be a tough decision to decide which is the best LEV solutions provider to choose. We want to help, so we’ve assembled a checklist (and article) to help guide you to select the right LEV supplier for your business and requirements. Visit our article on How to Choose a Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) Supplier and download the checklist.
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We'll call to arrange a convenient time and date to visit your site. We'll analyse your working processes, assess the substances used and the contaminants generated. We'll work out how best to control the dust and fume in a way that's in line with your COSHH risk assessment. Next, we'll design you a comprehensive LEV system that adheres to HSG258 guidance and send this you to via email.
We'll do all this to ensure we fully understand your dust and fume extraction requirements and help you to provide a pollution-free workplace!
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Auto Extract Systems is the UK’s leading Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) company. Over the last 20 years, we've helped thousands of businesses create dust and fume free workplaces.
As experts in all things LEV, we can help your business become COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) Regulation 2002 compliant with a tailored LEV solution. We provide comprehensive design, installation, maintenance and certification services across a range of industry sectors. Find out more about us here.
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We'll call to arrange a convenient time and date to visit your site. We'll analyse your working processes, assess the substances used and the contaminants generated. We'll workout how best to control the dust and fume in a way that's in line with your COSHH risk assessment.