Welding produces gases and smoke which contain particles of an assorted type of oxides. The particle’s size directly influences the toxicity of the fumes. Smaller particles present a larger danger than larger particles. Gases like carbon dioxide are produced and can be dangerous if proper ventilation is not sufficient. Hexavalent chromium is a byproduct of welding stainless steel and is a known carcinogen.
Welding and cutting fumes can cause health problems and negatively affect production. The result is reduced capacity, re-occurring disturbances, and eventually decreased profit. Not only welders are at risk in unsafe environments. The production equipment, as well as end products, is negatively affected from the lack of adequate safety measures. Automated welding equipment such as robots - and the operators - can be subject to residual welding fumes and also need to be protected.
Good safety and good health is good business. They will lead to an improved work environment, protect the health of your workers, protect the equipment and processes, and help reduce production disturbances and improve profit.