Concerns over weld fumes go beyond the normal health and regulatory issues, however. Weld fumes can reduce worker productivity. In the short run, decreased concentration and stamina can be measured in reduced speed and accuracy. In the long run, productivity effects will also be felt through increased absenteeism. Weld fumes can also reduce worker satisfaction and increase turnover. If a workplace is unpleasant or unsafe, skilled workers who have other options are likely to start pursuing them.
An investment in ventilation and filtration systems is an investment in safety and long-term productivity. Taking steps to improve air quality safeguards employee health, ensures regulatory compliance and improves the bottom line. Few investments yield such broad returns in both performance and potential.