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Welding Fume Extraction Filters

Welding fume extraction should be a key part of any business which undertakes welding activities. Professional systems offer effective solutions for the extraction of welding fumes in the workplace. Exposure to welding fumes has serious health implications. As an employer, you have an obligation to ensure the health & safety of your employees.

The HSE require any business who undertake welding activities to ensure that suitable control measures are in place to reduce exposure to welding fumes. At the beginning of 2019, a rise in the standards for welding fumes was introduced. The regulations are only expected to increase as the UV radiation and the fumes from welding operations are considered as group 1 carcinogens. Some businesses are trying to minimise the amount of fumes by producing more accurate items with the help of modern 3D technologies. Others prefer to switch to low-fume welding techniques like submerged-arc welding instead of arc gouging for example. Nevertheless, the full elimination of the fumes will not be possible in the near future and that is why businesses turn to Ducting Express to modernise their welding fume extraction systems.

There are various solutions to extract welding fumes to suit your business. These can vary from mobile welding fume extraction units, stationary welding fume extraction filters and central welding fume extraction systems. The type of welding fume extraction you use within your business will depend on many factors which you will need to consider before purchasing. What process you use? Where you’re welding? How long you are creating welding fumes? These are just a few of the many factors you’ll need to take into account.

Which type of Welding Fume Extractor is suitable for my business?

  • Mobile filter units – Best suited when welding takes place in multiple locations, these portable welding fume extractors are easy to move around
  • Stationary fume extraction systems – A great option when space is restricted or you are trying to save space. These devices are the first option when welding fumes need to be extracted to outside of the building
  • Centralised extraction systems – Most suited when welding extraction is needed at several workstations at once, these welding fume extraction systems are connected using a ducted system with the extraction arms to the welding stations. These can also be made weather-proof for outdoor installation
  • Welding fume extraction tables - they are used exclusively for fixed workspaces. These tables have integrated extraction that leads the fumes away from the workplace. The extraction takes place over the surface area of the table so there is no need to adjust the extraction point. Lost mobility can be a deal-breaker for some clients. Welding fume extraction tables are a good option for small companies and for businesses that don’t do welding operations for many hours every day. For bigger capacity, a centralised extraction system is recommended.

With a variety of fume extraction choices on the market, many can’t decide the optimal option for their business. That is where the experience of the specialists at Ducting Express comes. We can consult you and help you find the solution that best fits your business needs. If you would like further advice on which type of welding extraction system would be suitable for your company, simply call us on 01455 616444 to discuss your welding fume extractor needs.

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