Manufacturers in this industry oversee many processes that produce air quality challenges. Welding stations and metal-cutting tables create fumes and dust that demand remediation, and the only way to do that is through vigorous collection and filtration of these substances. Failure to control air quality not only endangers workers’ health, it risks breaches in regulatory compliance.
Dust and weld fumes are a serious problem when sensitive electronics are involved. The risk of contamination is real, and there is little room for error. The only answer is to actively filter the air and to maintain a high standard as vigilantly as possible.
Protecting workers’ health is accomplished with comprehensive dust and weld fume collection, as well. Metal-cutting operations and welding stations produce serious amounts of inhalable particulates. Many of these particulates contain toxic metals which can be absorbed into the body and can cause serious illnesses and diseases. For example, hexavalent chromium is produced by many welding processes. Exposure to this carcinogenic substance has been associated incidences of cancer.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has a specific regulation for hexavalent chromium, as well as for many other specific toxic metals. OSHA sets permissible exposure limits (PEL’s) to protect workers from excessive exposure to harmful airborne particulates.
The accumulation of dust can also create a fire hazard. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that about 3% of workplace fatalities result from fires and explosions. This serious danger to workers and to property can be mitigated with effective filtration equipment and fire suppression devices.