Health effects on the human body must be a consideration to both manager and user alike, and if there are ways in which the hazard can be reduced then these must always be considered.
Personal protective equipment
One possible method of reducing health effect is by the provision of personal protective equipment (PPE).
Choosing the correct item for your application may not be simple due to the variety of products available.
Guidance is available from BOC on a range of personal protective equipment (PPE) to allow an educated decision to be made.
Each fabrication process has a range of safety hazards associated with it.
It is important to understand what hazards a process may produce and what can be done to minimise them.
The fume data section looks at the particulate and gaseous fume generation for specific process and material combinations. While only general data is given it can be useful, especially to industrial hygienists, in understanding what potential hazards may be present.
Material Process Fume
Fume will be produced during the welding and cutting of metals and alloys. Fume consists of visible particulate fume and invisible gaseous fume. The amount of fume produced and its content depend on the material, on the consumables, flux, or gases in addition to the process being used to weld or cut.