EXPOSURE TO WELDING FUMES AND OTHER GASES
There are many types of welding processes that can cause exposure to harmful gases and fumes. The visible clouds of fume are generally made up of metal particles and metal oxide. Additionally, harmful gases such as nitrous oxide, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide are emitted during welding operations. In order to protect workers these gases and fumes need to be controlled. A fume extraction system could be the perfect solution.
Each welding process gives off various amounts of harmful fumes and gases that contain small particles of metal particles and metal oxide. Welding operations can emit toxic gases such as nitrous oxide, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide.
Brief exposure to welding fumes can cause side effects such as dizziness, nausea, and irritation, requiring the worker to leave the area, get fresh air, and seek medical attention. Prolonged exposure can also lead to more severe conditions such as nervous system damage, lung damage and numerous types of cancer.