Welders need to protect themselves from dangerous fumes.

The students enrolled in the welding program at Washington’s Columbia Basin College learned a tough lesson this week about the importance of proper ventilation and adequate protection against welding fumes.

Their lab was shut down after several students were affected by welding fumes that were not vented properly.

After working in the lab, students reported

  • A metallic taste in the mouth
  • Visible fumes that lingered
  • Sore throat
  • Other symptoms and complaints

Welding can produce noxious fumes from the metal, the coatings, residues and solvents, many of which have been linked to short-term and long-term health effects.

The university is installing new metal hoods to improve ventilation.

Source: NBC News 

Portable welding fume extractors can help protect welders

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