A school is the last place anyone should be injured by overexposure to weld fumes. Fortunately, comprehensive capture systems exist to collect and treat these fumes. Demonstrating effective and responsible weld fume capture should even serve as an element of students' education. Every manufacturing facility should have equipment to ensure clean air, and students should learn why that equipment is necessary and how it operates.
Weld schools need to manage their air quality for regulatory compliance, as well. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issues regulations for workers' exposure to harmful substances that travel in fumes and dust. Their authority for this comes from their “General Duty Clause,” which says employers must provide a safe workplace. OSHA establishes permissible exposure levels (PEL's) for specific toxic substances, such as the inhalable metals listed above. Failure to comply with OSHA regulations can leave a company open to fines, lawsuits and other liabilities. More importantly, failure to comply with safety regulations can leave students and faculty vulnerable to harm.
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