The Burning Question Behind Welding

Is welding dangerous to my health?  Health hazards from welding, cutting, and brazing operations include exposures to metal fumes and to ultraviolet (UV) radiation.  Exposure to welding fumes can lead to both acute and chronic health conditions.

Putting in place appropriate control measures can help prevent the following welding injuries or welding related illnesses:

  • Chronic Respiratory health risks, develop gradually into a serious disease after ongoing exposure to welding fumes. These can include cancer, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, occupational asthma, and welder’s lung.

  • Acute Respiratory health risks, develop soon after the exposure and include acute pneumonia, irritant-induces asthma, irritated throat, and metal fume fever.

  • Other health risks from welding include arc-eye which can cause long term damage to the eye, burns, electric shock, heat stress and exhaustion, skin damage and suffocation.

Effective PPE is the best defence you have against protecting your workers from the above hazards and illnesses.  Our Ready 2 Weld Aergo and Optomax Welding Kit is the ultimate powered air welding set up.

Standard EN 12941 defines three classes of performance (TH1, TH2 and TH3). The numbers define the level of performance (inward leakage) and the pull strength of the breathing tubes and couplings within the classification. Inward leakage for classification TH1 is maximum 10%, for TH2 maximum 2% and for TH3 maximum 0.2%.

AerTEC™ OptoMAX  is a top-of-the-line welding helmet, creating a perfect view during welding thanks to world-leading ADF technology from Optrel.

Fully automated shade level adjustment for any welding procedure in the 5-13 range. Natural-colour view in the entire protection range and ultra-HD quality in classes 1/1/1/1.

Respiratory protection is provided through the CleanAIR® AerGO PAPR, a slim lined unit which delivers filtered air to the breathing zone.   The combination provides the highest level of respiratory protection TH3.

Our kit is all packed in a free CleanAIR® duffel bag with a complementary pair of MIG/MAG welding gloves.

If you want more information on the CleanAir range please contact us –  0800 00 3239 or email sales@allroundsafety.co.nz.

 


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