MIG, TIG & Stick Welding

Weld Smoke and Fume Hazards

All types of welding produce hazardous gases such as metallic oxides, silicates and fluorides. Your risk of exposure depends on factors such as:

  • Proper use of capture-at-source filtration equipment
  • Efficiency of Personal Protection Equipment, such as a respirator
  • Material type, composition, and presence coatings or solvents
  • Frequency and duration of welding activity

The fact that welding gases may not have an odor and can’t be seen by the naked eye makes them particularly dangerous. For example welding on stainless steel produces hexavaleant chromium, a known carcinogen. Health risks of welding gases and fumes may include:

  • Kidney Damage
  • Respiratory damage
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Headaches and dizziness
  • Metal Fume Fever
  • Irritated eyes, nose and throat
  • Lung Cancer
  • Stomach Ulcer
  • Nervous system damage

Welding on a Downdraft Table

Downdraft tables are the ideal solution for the capture and filtration of toxic welding fumes. The downdraft table’s ventilated work surface offer’s “hands-free capture at source”, allowing the welder to remove airborne smoke without having to position a hood over the weld arc.

Many welders will not re-position an extraction arm every time they change welding positions leading to poor air quality and wasted capital investment when equipment is not used properly. As long as welders operate with 12 to 16″ off the downdraft table surface, fumes will be automatically captured and filtered at source.

Capture at source equipment like Downdraft Tables can eliminate the need for workers to use uncomfortable respirators, since weld fumes are captured before being able to enter the welder’s breathing zone.

Diversitech Downdraft Tables can remove fumes from light to heavy-duty welding processes including MIG, TIG and Stick welding smoke. Even though MIG and especially TIG welding produce a lower volume of fume than Stick or Flux-Cored welding, the material being welded and the filler metal can still generate highly toxic fumes that need to be filtered before compromising a welder’s health.

Expert advice...

Navigating the complexities of fume hazards, OSHA regulations, filtration choices, and safety concerns can make product selection difficult. Get expert advice from our dedicated team:

  • Application Engineers
  • Occupational Health & Safety Advisers
  • Regulatory Compliance Consultants

They trust us

« As a repeat customer, and owner of both wet and dry downdraft tables, we cannot say enough about the products, and the people at Diversitech…….both are a pleasure to work with! »

  • Combustible dust from deburring safely contained with wet downdraft tables
  • Solved excess dust from grinding and finishing steel parts
  • Reduced cycle time by allowing operators to deburr near the machining center

« The tables are now fully functioning! The students were on them yesterday, and the instructors were so impressed. One instructor even said that he’s “old school” and wasn’t sure about the downdrafts, but he was very impressed. »

  • Custom powder coated tables to match "Baton Rouge Red"
  • Delivered tables "on-time" to five separate campus locations
  • Nanofiber filter technolgy ensure students have a clean and safe learning environment

« We love the downdraft table and are using it full time. We will probably be looking for another one in 6 months to a year as well. Thanks for a nice product. »

  • Mini DD eliminates deburring dust at source
  • Supplied cushion grid matting to protect parts from damage
  • Downdraft table filters airborne dust to protect workers and machinery

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