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Managing harmful welding fumes

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Welding standards just tightened in Australia, but Safety Mate has it covered.

The workplace exposure standard (WES) for welding fumes has been reduced from 5mg per cubic metre to 1mg per cubic metre averaged over an eight hour period.

These changes to the law will help protect workers from dangerous welding fumes in the workplace, which can lead to diseases such as lung cancer.

These changes rolled out in South Australia in mid-January and may hit other states next.

“Welding fumes are a complex mix of hazardous chemicals,” Safe Work Australia said.

“Effects can include irritation of the upper respiratory tract, tightness in the chest, asphyxiation, asthma, wheezing, metal fume fever, lung damage, bronchitis, cancer, pneumonia or emphysema.”

Safety Mate’s Skytec 3030V respirator meets the government’s new WES requirements, keeping workers safe from harmful fumes.

The 3030V is a P2 respirator that is ideal for mining and manufacturing conditions.

Just as important as the tech contained in the filter is the fit of the mask, and the 3030V is the only disposable mask in the Australian market with a full foam face seal, ensuring excellent face fit testing rates.

The pre-formed nose bridge removes the need for regular adjustment of the mask, meaning a snugger fit and fewer opportunities for silica particles to slip in. A four point head strap adjustment also makes sure the mask stays in place no matter the job.

“The 3030V disposable respirators offer an outstanding level of protection demonstrated when conducting face fit testing,” Safety Mate managing director Clint Tee told Safe to Work.

“Having a lightweight outer shell also means the mask maintains excellent shape during use, boasting extreme comfort and wearability for prolonged periods of time.”

Contact Safety Mate about on-site trials for its respirators or for more information.

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