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The fumes and smoke that are developed during laser and plasma cutting contain metals and compounds that are dangerous when inhaled by machine operators. The size and volume of these air contaminants impacts the overall toxicity level. Fumes made up of smaller particles present larger hazards when filtration systems are insufficient.
Laser Cutting Fumes
The laser cutting process works through a digital computer program that allows machine operators to precisely measure and receive exact dimensions for their projects. During the laser cutting process, when the beam interacts with metals, high temperatures cause the encircling air to expand and rapidly release harmful emissions such as smoke, aerosols or chemical vapors.
Worksites and facilities that utilize laser cutting must implement proper filtration systems to ensure workers are protected at all times.
Plasma Cutting Fumes
Plasma cutting is used for metals that require high-temperatures to be split, like aluminum, stainless steel, and copper. During the plasma cutting process, unbreathable dust, smoke, and gases are produced which may include nitrogen, argon, hydrogen, and mixtures with oxygen.
When metals that are coated with materials like hexavalent chromium (to avoid corrosion) are being torched, welded or cut, they release contaminants that can result in eye, skin, and respiratory system issues. These contaminants must be captured at-the-source to protect workers from serious health risks.