Air-Fed Welding Helmets
Ventilation Right Where the Welder Needs It
Weldtech UK offer a range of Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) and “prepared-for air” welding helmets, including the popular ESAB Sentinel A50 and the ESAB Warrior. These models are very effective respiratory protective equipment solutions for welders’ needs to protect themselves from welding and cutting fumes and dust!
Why Is There A Need For Respiratory Protective Equipment?
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. Where an employer (or for that matter a hobby welder) can’t keep the air in the working area free of fume and dust with Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) then some form respiratory protection needs to be worn by the welder. The diseases involved are nasty: as well as the usual cancers, the manganese that arises from mild steel fume is implicated in neurological damage that results 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, linking 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. t is essential for anyone using welding equipment to use protective respiratory welding helmets and local exhaust ventilation whether 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
HSE Safety Alert: View Here