Fume Extractors

Fume extractors are useful pieces of equipment for affording protection of personnel for various activities that could release harmful fumes. Some of these activities include, but are not limited to: soldering, welding, laser cutting, and 3D printing.  Use of a fume hood or other appropriate local exhaust ventilation can provide protection of personnel engaged in these activities; however, local exhaust ventilation may not always be available or feasible for a particular task. When this is the case, alternative controls must be put in place to keep personnel safe. Fume extractors that rely on filtration technologies are cost-effective and appropriate control strategies for well-defined, lower hazard operations that can be easily implemented.  The various types and parameters for selection are discussed in this document.