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! They keep cutting, welding, grinding fumes and dust inhalation very effectively indeed!
Why Is There A Need For Respiratory Protective Equipment?
The dust and 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.
Employers (and hobby welders) can find it difficult to keep the air in the working area free of fume and dust. Fume extraction using Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) is often ineffective close to the work. If that's the case, 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. This 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. The research 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 using welding equipment to use protective respiratory welding helmets and local exhaust ventilation. It doesn't matter whether this is from air-fed welding helmets or other extraction technologies.
View the HSE / COSHH Respiratory protective equipment (RPE) leaflet here. Air fed welding masks and welding helmets allow individuals and businesses to protect themselves and employees from the harmful effects of welding fumes. They are equally effective in stainless steel or mild steel welding.