Fume - The Unidentified Hazard

Fume - The Unidentified Hazard

"Purex International of Rotherham, South Yorkshire has worked closely with several local authorities to identify sources of potential hazards and develop cost effective solutions to the problem."

Practical activities such as soldering, cutting and welding are increasingly common in the classroom, lab and workshop but the hazardous dust and fumes generated are not always considered. Indeed, the hazard may not have been identified. Purex International of Rotherham, South Yorkshire has worked closely with several local authorities to identify sources of potential hazards and develop cost effective solutions to the problem.
Soldering - an example of a hazardous fume

The process of melting solder can produce some, if not all, of the following fumes: -

- Lead oxide
- Carbon Monoxide
- Volatile Organic Compounds (V.O.C's)
- Abietic Acid
- Pimaric Acid
- Aliphatic Aldehydes
- Hydrochloric Acid
- Isocyanates
- Isopropyl Alcohol

These fumes can cause occupational asthma, long term carcinogenic diseases and other serious complaints. The result of these illnesses can be expensive compensation claims, long term sickness and poor employee/student relations.

Purex International has produced useful free information datasheets for local authorities and schools. A video is also available which demonstrates the hazards due to fumes, explains the legal obligations of schools and colleges and discusses the best solutions to these problems. Useful literature from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) can also be obtained.

A survey carried out by the National Asthma Campaign shows that over 100,000 people are admitted to hospital annually with asthma - half of these are children. The COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) regulations place a legal responsibility on employers to ensure that their employees and other persons in the workplace are protected from hazardous substances. This legislation applies to local authority and education establishments just as it applies to industry.

Purex International manufactures the Purex range of fume extraction and purification equipment, which includes a number of products ideally suited for use in the processes described above.

To request a free copy of the information and further information on the video, please phone Graham Mattok on 01709 763022.