Air-Fed Welding Helmets For Health Conscious Welders
Ventilation Right Where the Welder Needs It
Weldtech UK offer a range of Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) and “prepared-for air” welding helmets. These including the popular ESAB Sentinel A50 and the 3M Speedglas welding helmets. Our selection of the best air fed welding helmet models are effective respiratory protective equipment solutions for welders’ needs. The best PAPR welding helmets with air filters protect you from cutting, welding and grinding fumes and dust inhalation very effectively indeed!
Why Is There A Need For Respiratory Protective Equipment in Welding?
The dust and various fumes from welding and high temperature cutting have now been identified as a cause of serious lung diseases. This now makes it critically important to keep exposure to these health hazards at an absolute minimum.
Employer and hobby welders can’t always keep the air in the working area free of fume and dust. Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) is often insufficient. Air fed welding masks are needed. These should push air, fed through a filter unit, to the welder's face. The diseases involved are nasty. These have included cancers. The manganese that arises from mild steel fume is implicated in neurological damage. This can result in a condition, similar to Parkinson’s Disease and possibly even kidney cancer.
What is The HSE’s Advice About Welding Fume & Dust protection?
In February 2019 the Health and Safety Executive issued a strong warning related to all welding fumes. Research had linked these pollutants to lung cancer, some other cancer and neurological conditions. The research behind the directive concluded that there is no known safe level of exposure to welding fumes and dust.
It is essential for anyone who is welding to protect themselves from fumes. You can use respiratory welding helmets and local exhaust ventilation. These can be from air-fed welding helmets or other extract technologies. View the HSE / COSHH Respiratory protective equipment (RPE) leaflet here. Air-fed welding helmets allow individuals and businesses to protect themselves and employees from the harmful effects of welding fumes whether from stainless steel or mild steel.
HSE Respiratory protective equipment (RPE): View here
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