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General Safety: Welding 

Welding Safety - Risk and Solutions

Welding fumes are a safety problem and a serious threat to employee health. The following educational presentations provide valuable information on the health effect of welding fumes and how to prevent and control employee exposure  to dust and smoke, and safe ways to extract dust and fumes

  1. General Welding Safety (Courtesy of Nederman)
  2. This series of Training modules covering general welding fumes with emphasis on Hexavalent Chromium exposure control (Courtesy of University of Washington and State of Washington Labor & Industries)

    • Introduction This video introduces sources of occupational exposure to hexavalent chromium, health effects associated with over exposure to hexavalent chromium, and steps that can be taken to reduce exposure.

    • Module 1: Exposure Assessment  This video introduces an exposure assessment tool for stainless steel welders

    • Module 2: Ventilation Controls  This video introduces ventilation controls and how to effectively use local exhaust ventilation to reduce exposure to hexavalent chromium in welding fumes.
    • Module 3: Exposure Monitoring  This video demonstrates the effectiveness of local exhaust ventilation controls in reducing welding fume exposure through the use of video exposure monitoring.

    • Module 4: Alternative Controls  This video introduces alternative exposure controls other than ventilation that may reduce exposure to hexavalent chromium.
    • Module 5: Regulatory Requirements  This video explains some requirements for complying with hexavalent chromium regulations.

    • Acknowledgements  Video credits and testimonials from welders.
  1. Hexavalent Chromium Exposure Control: Best Practices for Welders (PDF Video Guide)