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Our mission is clear and as we have defined in our ESG policy we want to run Geovent in harmony and balance with our stakeholders and the society at large.

Our starting point is the applicable legislation, with which we always comply. Furthermore, we continuously work to support the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals to the extent possible.

The SDG target No. 3 concerns “Good health and well-being” which we support internally as well as by developing and supplying products, which can remove harmful substances from workplaces.

There are many organizations as well as governments that are trying to do regulations in working environments and familiarize with potential threats regarding fume, gases, and dust in working place, but sometimes it is not enough. Further, with this article, Geovent wants to increase awareness of the consequences of exposure to pollution in the workplace.

Geovent GT Ultra Welding and Grinding Table
Geovent GT Ultra Welding and Grinding Table
Geovent GT Ultra Welding and Grinding Table
Geovent GT Ultra Welding and Grinding Table

Welding fumes

Welding fumes contain a mix of gasses and airborne particles which may be harmful to the body. Examples of these particles are metal oxide and flux, which can cause illnesses if inhaled. The gasses can include carbon monoxide, ozone (especially when welding aluminum), and shielding gasses like argon and helium.

The possible impact on the body:
The health impact depends on the type and amount of fume and for how long one is exposed. Occasional hobby welding outside is unlikely to cause health problems. However, welding for extended periods inside without proper extraction can cause some serious short-term and long-term issues.

Short-term issues may include but are not limited to:

  • Respiratory problems, such as reduced lung function and irritation of the throat and lungs
  • Metal fume fever, which is similar to the flu and can be caused by fumes from welding galvanized metals, and on some occasions mild steel.

However, just like there are short-term problems, there are also long-term ones. Long-term effects include but are not limited to:

  • Asthma caused by the nickel and chromium VI from stainless steel.
  • Cancer caused by the nickel and chromium VI from welding stainless steel, and other specialist metals that contain cadmium or beryllium.
  • Damage to the nervous system caused by the manganese in welding rods.
  • Pneumonia Several studies have shown an increased risk of pneumonia and death among welders and other workers exposed to metal fumes and mineral dust. Research suggests exposure to metal fumes might increase susceptibility to lung infection, even with common, relatively harmless infectious agents. Furthermore, iron oxide deposited in the lungs after inhaling welding fume has been found in the lungs for years, even after removal from exposure.
  • Welder’s Anthrax: Welder’s anthrax is defined as pneumonia in a metalworker caused by bacteria within the B. cereus group that produces anthrax toxin.

We recommend at Geovent that welding fumes are extracted at the source, to prevent people from getting sick from going to work. The equipment used should be constructed in such a way that the welder will not start welding without the extraction starting. In the process the exhausted fumes must be filtered, so that the environment will not be polluted by harmful substances.

If you are not convinced about this, please note the following:

• Acute exposure to welding fume and gases can result in eye, nose, and throat irritation, dizziness, and nausea. Workers in the area who experience these symptoms should leave the area immediately, seek fresh air and obtain medical attention.

• Prolonged exposure to welding fume may cause lung damage and various types of cancer, including lung, larynx, and urinary tract.

• Health effects from certain fumes may include metal fume fever, stomach ulcers, kidney damage, and nervous system damage. Prolonged exposure to manganese fume can cause Parkinson–like symptoms.

• Gases such as helium, argon, and carbon dioxide displace oxygen in the air and can lead to
suffocation, particularly when welding in confined or enclosed spaces. Carbon monoxide gas can form, posing a serious asphyxiation hazard.

Exhaust from vehicles

Vehicle emissions, particularly diesel, are a serious problem. People with some of the highest work exposures include heavy machinery operators, farmers, garage workers, mechanics, military, fire station and train station workers.

The exhaust from automotives is a source of harmful substances to people exposed to it. This happens in the environment in general but for workers like mechanics in workshops where automotives are repaired and serviced, the concentration of harmful substances is potentially high.

Therefore, the protection of these workers is important.

One of the harmful substances is Carbon monoxide (CO) which is a colorless, odourless, tasteless, poisonous gas produced by the incomplete burning of carbon-based fuels like gas, petrol, wood and coal. Signs that indicate incomplete combustion is occurring and CO may be produced include. The most danger is diesel, a type of fuel derived from crude oil. Diesel exhaust is made up of 2 main parts: gases and soot (particles). Each of these, in turn, is made up of many different substances.

  • The gas portion of diesel exhaust is mostly carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitric oxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur oxides, and hydrocarbons, including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).
  • The soot (particulate) portion of diesel exhaust is made up of particles such as carbon, organic materials (including PAHs), and traces of metallic compounds.

In studies of cells done in lab dishes, vehicle exhaust (as soot or chemical extracts) has been found to cause changes in the cells’ DNA. These types of changes are usually needed for cancer to develop, although not all substances that cause DNA changes also cause cancer.

Several studies have found that long-term, heavy exposure to diesel exhaust can cause lung cancer in lab animals such as rats. Lung cancer is major cancer thought to be linked to vehicle exhaust. Several studies of workers exposed to exhaust have shown small but significant increases in the risk of lung cancer. Men with the heaviest and most prolonged exposures, those who have daily contact with exhaust, have been found to have higher lung cancer death rates than unexposed workers. Based on the number of people exposed at work, vehicle exhaust may pose a substantial health risk.

Guidance regarding preventions
There are a number of possibilities when you want to protect workers from getting sick from going to work. One of the most important engineering controls can include the installation of Geovent local exhaust ventilation to capture fumes and gases at the source as well as regular inspection and cleaning of ventilation and dust collection systems.

Metalworking production

Metal dust is harmful to the lungs if inhaled for any length of time. But doing so for a long time can increase the risks significantly. Constant exposure can weaken the lungs’ natural defense system, which is designed to prevent foreign particles from settling within. Therefore, dust particles can rest in the lung tissues, usually in the air sacs or airways, where they might do damage.

Persistent exposure to metal dust can cause a variety of respiratory problems.

Aspirating iron particles in the form of dust or fumes leads to siderosis, a lung condition also known as welder’s lung or silver polisher’s lung.

Long-term exposure to silica, a mineral found in ores and rocks like quartz, can cause occupational lung disease known as silicosis. If precautions aren’t taken, people working in industries where silica is present are more likely to get this disease.

Pneumoconiosis is a catch-all name for interstitial lung disorders caused by inhaling mineral dust, which includes all of the aforementioned conditions. These illnesses cannot be cured, but there are a variety of effective treatments accessible to people who suffer from them. Medication, oxygen therapy, and behavioral modifications like giving up smoking are examples of standard medical care.

Remember that inhalable enter the body through the mouth, throat, and nose and are readily visible. Smaller particles of respirable dust can penetrate deeper into the lungs. Both can be damaging, but respirable dust poses a greater risk. Small particles of inhalable dust that settle in the nose and mouth are inhaled and then inhaled deeply into the lungs. The two kinds of dust ultimately end up being absorbed by the body’s cells and soft tissues. Your health will suffer as a result of this.

Fumes and dust from construction

Working with different materials during construction processes like house building, or in manufacturing of these materials, risks for deceases are present.

E.g. you can find isocyanates in a number of construction products including polyurethane paints, coatings, foams, glues and flooring. Certain tasks, such as spraying, can produce very high exposure to isocyanates. This may irritate the eyes, nose and throat, dermatitis and asthma. Asthma in particular is a significant risk for workers spraying isocyanates
Spraying isocyanate products is a significant cause of occupational asthma. Symptoms can develop immediately following exposure but can also appear several hours later outside working hours in the evening or early morning. Early signs of respiratory sensitization to isocyanates include one or more of the following:

  • Chest tightness
  • Persistent cough
  • Wheezing
  • Breathlessness
  • Flu-like shivers

If your isocyanate exposure continues, you may suffer from permanent and severe asthma for which currently there is no cure. This can have life-changing consequences. Even a tiny amount of any isocyanate could trigger an attack. It would almost certainly mean you would have to give up this type of work.

In the same way, construction dust is not just a nuisance, it is a real risk to one’s lungs. Regularly breathing construction dust can cause diseases like lung cancer, asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and silicosis.

In the production of these materials and their use of it, Geovent recommends extraction at the source. Where this is not possible the best possible personal protective equipment should be used together with a general extraction e.g., by using a hood above the place where the harmful substances are in use.

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