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    What's New — Welding Helmets

    Important 5 Minute Cancer Warning that all Welders Need to Read

    An Australian-first judgment linking a Melbourne man's deadly lung tumour to toxic welding fumes has opened the door to new compensation claims by former welders battling cancer.

    Anh Tran, a 54-year-old ex-smoker whose right lung has been surgically removed, won WorkCover compensation last week after a court ruled that working as a welder had raised his risk of contracting lung cancer.

    The Victorian County Court ruled in favour of Mr Tran in light of testimony from medical experts that former welders were 44 per cent more likely to contract lung cancer compared to people who have never worked in the field.

    The court heard welders were 23 per cent more likely to develop Mr Tran's particular type of lung cancer - adenocarcinoma.

    It is the first time in Australia that compensation has been awarded due to a link between lung cancer and welding fumes, which are formed when a metal is heated above boiling point and its vapours condense into fine particles. Welding fumes have previously been linked to bronchitis, asthma and welder's lung - a condition where iron particles are deposited in the lungs.

    Law firm Maurice Blackburn said the ruling was significant for scores of present and former welders in providing legal precedence accepting the elevated risk of lung cancer in their line of work.

    The Victorian WorkCover Authority and the federal regulator, Safe Work Australia, said they were not aware of any other cases where welders had received workers' compensation for lung cancer.

    Courtesy of theage.com.au, Date August 16, 2014

     

    This case underlines the need for welders and businesses that employ welders to understand the health risks associated with welding fume. Every welder should wear some form of respiratory protection. Below are some of the main options available to welders:

    Disposable Respiratory Protection:

    Disposable respirators are perfect for use under a welding helmet. They provide lightweight and comfortable respiratory protection. Disposable respirators can provide a Required Minimum Protection Factor (RMPF) of 10. Which simply means that, with the correct fit, the air you breath will be at least ten times cleaner than the air you’d otherwise be breathing*.

     View Disposable Respirators

     Reusable Respiratory Protection:

    Reusable respirators only fit under some welding helmets (eg. 3MSpeedglasWelding Helmet Series 9100). They can provide protection against gases, vapours and particulates. Reusable respirators can provide a Required Minimum Protection Factor (RMPF) of 10. Which simply means, with the correct fit,  the air you breath will be at least ten times cleaner than the air you’d otherwise be breathing*.

     View Reusable Respirators

     Powered Air Respiratory protection:

    With its smart, compact design, the award-winning Adflo Powered Air Respirator is specially designed to meet your welding needs when used with the 3M™ Speedglas™ Welding Helmet 9100 FX Air and 3M™ Speedglas™ Welding Helmet 9100 MP Air. Its continuous airflow (170 or 200 litres per minute) provides filtered air that takes much of the heat and sweat out of welding. The powered air respirator systems mentioned above have a RMPF of 50*.

     View Powered Respirators

     Supplied Air Respiratory Protection:

    The Versaflo™ Supplied Air Regulator V-500E is a lightweight, belt mounted regulator that allows you to adjust the airflow from 170 litres per minute to 305 litres per minute. The high, constant flow rate makes the V-500E regulator ideal for hot and strenuous welding conditions The supplied air respirator systems below have a RMPF of 100+*.

     View Supplied Respirators

     *Please note that this is only a general guide of respiratory protection that is available to welders. There may be a need to further investigate air quality to assess type and level of contamination. It is the responsibility of the employer to ensure correct product selection for each application. Final determination of product applicability must be made by an appropriately qualified person. Do not use any of the products featured for respiratory protection against unknown atmospheric contaminants or when concentrations are immediately dangerous to life or health (IDLH) or in atmospheres containing less than 19.5% oxygen.

    We love hearing from our customers...

    Dear Manager,

    I'm a mother of a FIFO boilermaker and wanted to write to thank you for the great service which I received from Troy?? when he answered my enquiry on Tuesday.

    My son had been trying to get a part for his welding helmet from a local supplier for 5 months and each time he arrived home (FIFO), they had the wrong part. He was having to duck-tape the hose on his helmet when working in confined spaces in the Pilbara.

    Within two minutes of my phone call to Eweld, the salesman had provided the part number, gave me directions to the website and how to navigate it and advised that I could also order over the phone. The part was on its way within the hour.

    I texted my son to let him know I had received the part today and he was blown away that it only took 2 days to Canberra !! ( he flys home on Tuesday)

    I wanted to let you know that your service was absolutely outstanding and THANKYOU!

    Warm Regards
    TD of Queanbeyan

    Don't let your health go up in smoke!

    Don’t let your health go up in smoke!

    Our society is becoming ever more health conscious as science becomes better able to explain cause-and-effect of diseases and ailments. Increasing knowledge about the health hazards associated with breathing welding fumes and gases above certain concentrations and the serious illnesses that can result emphasises the need to educate, train and provide welders with appropriate protection. Safe welding practice requires recognition of the hazards, evaluation of the risks and implementation of control measures to protect workers.

     

    What is welding fume?

    Welding fumes are very fine, solid particles of metal oxides that form during the welding process. The specific substances and amount a welder inhales depend on the welding method, conditions under which the welding takes place, and the types of metals being welded. Many types of metals may be found in welding fumes, including arsenic,
    beryllium, cadmium, chromium, cobalt, copper, iron, lead, manganese, nickel, selenium, vanadium, and zinc. Gases commonly associated with welding are carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, ozone, fluorine compounds, and phosgene. These gases may be present as the result of:
    • Combustion of flux shielding.
    • Ultraviolet radiation interaction with shielding gases,
    oxygen, carbon dioxide, and solvents.
    • Burning metal coatings.

     

    Factors effecting respiratory exposure

    The base material being welded or the filler material that is used.
    • Coatings and paints on the metal being welded or coatings covering the electrode.
    • Shielding gases; and chemical reactions which result from the action of ultraviolet light from the arc and heat.
    • Reaction with other contaminants in the air. Eg. vapours from nearby cleaners and degreasers.
    • Work position.
    • Ventilation (area/local).
    • Voltage/Amperage.

     

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    3M Launches Low Cost Welding Helmet

     

    If you just want a super light welding helmet that's simple to use at a price that won't break the bank Eweld have just launched the perfect solution - the new 3M Welding Helmet 10V.

    It's as easy as 3, 2, 1. 

    • The 3 most commonly used dark shades for welding with a super light shade of 3. Why pay for shades you’ll never use?
    • Only 2 sensitivity settings. Spend more time welding and less time setting up your welding helmet.
    • A quality, comfortable and robust welding helmet from 3M, the number 1 brand in welding PPE.

    With the longest warranty in its class (2 years) it's a helmet you can trust from a brand you can always rely on.

     

    View or buy the 3M Welding Helmet 10V Today - Click Here

     

    Which Welding Helmet? A How To Guide to Choosing a Welding Helmet.

    With so many different welding helmets out on the market it's tough to understand how they differ. They all seem to be similar in some areas and completely different in others. But how do you know what's important and what isn't? How do you know what you should spend your hard-earned on and what is simply a marketing gimmick. While no price can be placed on the personal safety of you or your employees, an auto-darkening welding helmet offers the added incentive of increasing the efficiency of the welder for a more productive work environment. Not only can you work faster when you can always see but you also move more efficiently, placing electrodes more precisely.

    When you select a welding helmet you should concentrate on the things that actually matter:

    • Your view of the arc
    • Detection of the arc
    • Level of protection and of course...
    • Will the helmet last?  

    Sounds fairly simple right? So based on the things that actually matter we have put together a list of features to consider when selecting a welding helmet.                                          

    • Optical quality: Auto-darkening lenses are rated for optical quality - look for a 1/1/1 rating.
    • Viewing area: Select welding helmets with large viewing areas including the lens and SideWindows.
    • Detection sensitivity: Auto-darkening lenses are rated on sensitivity. For reliable switching the more sensitive the better - look for a lens rated to 1A.
    • Standards Compliant: Ensure your selection of PPE is compliant with all relevant Australian & New Zealand standards (AS/NZS).  
    • Respiratory protection: All welding fume is bad for you. Investigate your respiratory protection needs and remember your needs may change over time.
    • Warranty: The warranty period is a reflection of quality - the longer the better.
    • Brand: Look for trusted brands known for manufacturing auto-darkening welding helmets.

    So there you go. Using this process should help you find the welding helmet you'll actually want to use.

    Before we go, we thought we might let you know a few things we call 'traps & gimmicks for young players' to look out for when selecting a welding helmet:

    • Solar powered: You may have heard it before. This helmet is solar powered so you never have to change the battery. That's correct you never have to change the battery because once the battery dies (and don't let them tell you there is no battery - pull it apart and have a look for yourself) you have to buy a new helmet. You actually want to look for helmets that have replaceable batteries. They cost around $9 bucks and changing your batteries every 2,000 hours or so will mean that you'll have a helmet for years to come. Ps. Solar assist is fine.
    • Number of sensors: How many sensors does your welding helmet have? Your answer should be... who cares!! Remember, we are looking for sensitivity and all quality helmets have a sensitivity rating. So ask the right question: how sensitive is the lens? Look for helmets with a sensitivity rating rated down to 1 amp. If you're doing a lot of low amp TIG always select a welding helmet with a centre sensor so it never loses sight of the arc while you have both your hands at work!

    Hope this helps!! If you have any questions feel free to call us on the number top right of screen for a chat. If you'd like to see our list or recommended welding helmets then please - follow this link