Presented at the 2019 Mining Health and Safety Conference
Welding is a common process that is utilized across many industries. It is used in a variety of applications such as working on feeders underground, welding stainless steel bins the food industry, fixing farm equipment, or even at home for simple welding jobs. Due to the limited number of professional welders, welding is not always at the forefront of occupational health. The welding environment contains gaseous and particulate complex components which can cause both acute and chronic health effects. The presentation would cover hazards of welding fumes (general), how to assess fume extraction effectiveness, and available controls for different applications.