Workers in the metal fabrication industry face numerous hazardous and potentially hazardous levels of exposure. In fact, met-fab has one of the highest rates of OSHA recordable injuries. With this backdrop, 3M has been hard at work to offer products that provide options for you as you work to ensure worker protection, and productivity among workers in met-fab, like welders.
When it comes to welder’s personal safety, we want to help. We’re proud that our Technical Service team has been helping customers get the right support for more than 35 years.
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You might know FreightCar America for its manufacturing of quality railcars. But what you don’t know about FreightCar America is its mission to create an environment that puts health and safety first. 3M provided a PPE solution that not only empowered FreightCar to improve workplace safety, but also helped boost morale.
When workers are welding for eight hours a day, it’s not just their eyes that are at risk – it’s also their respiratory system. FreightCar America’s EHS Director, Russ Lazzell, explains why 3M’s PAPR is the best protective solution for his employees.
Ensuring the wellbeing of over 1,500 workers is a task FreightCar America takes seriously. So, when Environmental Health & Safety Director, Russ Lazzell, discovered that eye injuries were slightly higher than normal, he worked with the senior team to create a better health and safety culture for his workforce.
Recognize the risks of welding fumes and improve safety and wellbeing in the workplace.
Working in welding, transportation ship building, energy or other heavy manufacturing industries, you are potentially exposed to many types of hazards. Learn more about harmful metal fume and/or gas by-products.
Read our blog on Metalworking Hazards
As a welder, you usually know what to do to keep yourself safe from heat and sparks. But what about the potential risks in inhaling welding fumes? For welders, three examples that can pose a serious threat are Manganese, Beryllium and Hexavalent Chromium.
OSHA estimates that roughly 62,000 workers in 7,300 workplaces across the U.S. may be exposed to beryllium. According to OSHA, workers who have been exposed to beryllium are at an increased risk of developing chronic beryllium disease (CBD), berylliosis and lung cancer.
*OSHA establishes new permissible exposure limits of 0.2 micrograms of beryllium per cubic meter of air (0.2 μg/m3) as an 8-hour time-weighted average (TWA), down 90 percent from the former TWA of 2.0 μg/m3
Weld and grind all day long in comfort - and with confidence! Head, eye, face, and Assigned Protection Factor (APF) of 1000 respiratory protection in a rugged and lightweight 3M powered and supplied air system.
The 3M™ M-Series Helmet Assembly with Speedglas™ Welding Shield consists of a variety of components that work together as an integrated system to help protect you against fumes, smoke, sparks, and other hazards encountered in heavy duty welding environments. Available late 2018.
Download the 3M™ Versaflo™ M-Series Helmet Assembly with 3M™ Speedglas™ Welding Shield Brochure (PDF, 1.22 MB)