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Thinking Of Doing Your Own Welding?

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Hazards Of Aluminum Welding Done By Amateurs
Aluminum welding gases and fumes can be hazardous to your health, should you not have the correct protective clothing.
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Matthew Petersen's curator insight, April 28, 2015 3:04 AM

Metal Fume fever is an illness that some Boiler Makers may feel from too much exposure to certain chemical fumes; some examples of these are zinc oxide (ZnO) & magnesium oxide (MgO).  Below I have listed some prevention methods that are used in a boiler maker’s day to day routine to help combat Metal Fume Fever.

 

Substitution: Because certain ingredients that are used when creating welding electrodes actually contribute to fuming and gases a business operator may look to buy from certain manufacturers that substitute the hazardous ingredients from their product.

 

Engineering controls: There is a method that is used to help prevent ultraviolet radiation from coming into contact with oxygen and creating ozone. In this method a mesh shroud is attached around the welding flame with a small viewing hole for the boiler maker. By making this shroud out of stainless steel it creates a barrier against the ultraviolet radiation. Furthermore adding extra layers to the shroud strengthens the barrier.  

 

National Health and occupational Safety Commission, 1990, ‘Welding fumes and gases’, viewed 28/04/2015, http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/SWA/about/Publications/Documents/162/WeldingFumesGases_1990_PDF.pdf