Ask any experienced welder about the hazards of the job and eye protection usually comes top of their list. But at 3M we’ve never lost sight of the bigger picture. And nor should you. Here’s why...
It’s legally within many OEL regulations to inhale 11 grams of zinc oxide every year.
To illustrate - this tube contains totally 11 grams of welding fume particles.
Working within an Occupational Exposure Limit (OEL) of 5 mg/m3 for zinc oxide, a full-time welder may inhale up to 11 grams of zinc every year.1
How does a body react to that?
Eye, nose and throat irritation.
Notably, it is more likely to occur after time away from the job (weekends, holidays, etc.).2
All welding fumes contains gas and/or particles. To reduce fume exposure levels within your facility there are a few general steps you can follow: