Soldering is used to join two (or more) workpieces by melting and flowing a filler metal into the joint to form a permanent connection between components. During the soldering process, toxic fumes are released increasing the risk of employee injuries, equipment malfunctions, and lost production time.
The dangers of soldering fumes are caused by the flux. The soldering flux cleans pre-joined surfaces and increases the flow of solder to create a quality joint and prevent oxidation. If not properly captured, the fumes developed during this process will enter breathing zones and accumulate on equipment and in the workplace presenting health and safety risks.
Without appropriate air filtration, wave solder, reflow, selective solder, and conformal coating operators are at risk of:
• Skin and eye irritation
• Sinonasal cancer
• And carcinogenic heart and lung diseases.
Soldering applications must be equipped with fume extraction systems that meet regulatory guidelines and filter contaminated air at the source.