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    Stainless Steel Safety

    I have done a bit of stainless mig welding (mostly just tacking up, and way less then 8 hours total) in my attached garage. Any cutting has been done with a bandsaw, though the parts were also cleaned up with wire wheels and used flap discs.

    Aside from opening the garage door and wearing a 3m 2097 respirator for lung protection, should I be concerned with clothing getting contaminated?

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    Re: Stainless Steel Safety

    No

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    Re: Stainless Steel Safety

    Contaminated with what?

    Stainless welding is the cleanest welding you will ever do!

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    Re: Stainless Steel Safety

    I's be VERY concerned with the clothes being contaminated. By that boleshiit your ol lady gets for soap and fabric softener.
    A lil 304/308/316 dust....might make your ballz itch if it doesnt come out in the spin cycle.
    Good choice of a respirator. The wheel is far worse than the steel

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    Re: Stainless Steel Safety

    Quote Originally Posted by Bonzoo View Post
    I's be VERY concerned with the clothes being contaminated. By that boleshiit your ol lady gets for soap and fabric softener.
    A lil 304/308/316 dust....might make your ballz itch if it doesnt come out in the spin cycle.
    Good choice of a respirator. The wheel is far worse than the steel
    Leave your balls it of it. Most probly its that wacky tobacky.
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    Re: Stainless Steel Safety

    I should hope not... most people don't even bother with a respirator while cutting and TIG welding S/S.

    MIG and stick welding S/S is a different ballgame - according to HSE guidelines it puts out a much larger amount of hexavalent chromium than TIG. Should definitely wear a respirator with that. Nasty lung cancer particles.

    Having said that, I've done my share of stick welding stainless and didn't even realise there was an issue until recently.

    http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrpdf/rr770.pdf quite a decent bit of unbiased research
    Last edited by Munkul; 03-27-2019 at 03:59 AM.

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    Re: Stainless Steel Safety

    A buddy who was on a large stainless job said that with all the workplace rules it was easier to assume the worst and put everyone on respirators with clean breathing air supply. That was easier than having environmental consultants run up huge charges determining where the stainless dust and fume was a danger. Once you get used to the apparatus you adapt. Some rigs allow you to regulate the temp of the air from warm to cool according to the temp you are working in.

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    Re: Stainless Steel Safety

    All that gets contaminated is the wire and disc. Never use a wheel for carbon and then use it for stainless.

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