There is no doubt that the recent reclassification of welding fume as carcinogenic to humans by the International Agency for the Research on Cancer (IARC) has encouraged many welders and workplaces to rethink their stance on welders’ respiratory protection.
The Flip-Up Welding Helmet
The Speedglas™ Welding Helmet 9100 FX Air is available with both powered and supplied air respiratory protection which is important as your respiratory needs may change over time. The Speedglas 9100 FX Air welding helmet is unique in that it provides the welder with a smooth flip-up function that reveals a large 170x100mm curved and clear visor. This feature although perfect for grinding is an important safety feature for welders' respiratory protection as it allows the welder to flip-up the auto-darkening lens after welding so that they have a perfectly clear and uninhibited view of their surroundings while maintaining their desired level of respiratory protection. This encourages the welder to keep their visor in the safe down position as opposed to flipping-up or removing their welding helmet and breaking their positive pressure seal. When this FX visor is combined with the Speedglas 9100XXi TrueView welding lens and Speedglas SideWindows, this helmet gives the welder a view of their surroundings like no other respiratory welding helmet on the market.
The Powered Air Purifying Respirator PAPR
The Speedglas 9100 FX Air with the award winning 3M™ Adflo™ Powered Air Welding Respirator has become synonymous with welders powered air respiratory protection and is standard issue for welders on most large projects in Australia. The Adflo™ PAPR provides the welder with a cooler, cleaner and more comfortable environment supplying air 50 times cleaner than the welder would otherwise be breathing (RMPF of 50). With the right type of filter, the Adflo respirator effectively protects against both particles and gases. Because you can selectively replace either the particle filter or the gas filter as needed, you don’t need to change both filters at the same time. The Adflo PAPR allows flow rates up to 200 litres per minute and is suitable for stick, MIG and TIG welding with aluminium, stainless steel, galvanised steel and many other types of material when used in an area with good ventilation or limited ventilation. A gas filter is required for aluminium and stainless steel in areas with limited ventilation.