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Do you know what your are breathing?

Like you we take eye and face protection extremely seriously, but we also know that comfort and optical clarity are other critical factors for the welders ability to use their personal protective equipment. Often illnesses due to welding fumes take many weeks, months and sometimes years to become apparent.

Immediate symptoms from exposure to welding fumes anatomikropp_ill

  • Eye and skin irritation
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Metal fume fever

Chronic insidious, injuries on*

  • Respiratory tract and lungs (asthma, bronchitis, COPD, lung cancer)
  • The central nervous system (effects on dexterity, reaction time, memory, fatigue, depression)

It’s critical to understand if exposure to airborne contaminants are putting you and your workers at risk. Safety authorities in most countries set safe levels for welding fumes which are called Ocupational Exposure Limits (OEL’s). Ask your Safety Engineer to determine contaminant concentrations or contact a certified Industrial Hygenist.

*Source: Arbetsmiljöverket ISSN 1650-3171 Report 2013


Available 3M™ Detection Solutions:
3M™ EVM Environmental Monitors to measure hazards in real-time and 3M™ Organic Capour Monitor Badges that measure personal exposure to hazards. For further information visit



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