New Safety Alert from the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) - Change in Enforcement for Mild Steel Welding Fume

by Rapid Welding 20. February 2019 07:25

 

Change in Enforcement for Mild Steel Welding Fume

The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) have released a new Safety Alert announcing a change in enforcement expectations for mild steel welding fumes. This comes following new scientific evidence suggesting exposure to all welding fumes, including mild steel welding fumes, can cause lung cancer and possibly kidney cancer in humans.

The Alert states that all businesses undertaking welding activities should provide effective and correctly used engineering controls to prevent exposure to fumes arising from welding activities. Where engineering controls are not adequate, appropriate Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) is required to control the risk from the residual fume.

As a result of this new evidence the following action is required!

  • Make sure exposure to any welding fumes is adequately controlled using engineering controls (typically LEV).
  • Make sure suitable controls are provided for all welding activities, irrelevant of duration. This includes welding outdoors.
  • Where engineering controls alone cannot control exposure, adequate and suitable RPE should be provided to control risk from any residual fume.
  • Make sure all engineering controls are correctly used, suitably maintained and subject to thorough examination and testing where required.
  • Make sure any RPE is subject to an RPE programme. An RPE programme encapsulates all the elements of RPE you need.
  • Ensure your RPE is effective in protecting the wearer.

More information on this Safety Alert can be found on the HSE official notice:

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Fume Extraction Solutions

Engineered/ Stationary Extraction Solutions

Engineered solutions or multiple arm systems can extract fumes from a row of welding booths. Combined with fans, control equipment and filters, they are the ultimate solution. Custom-made for workshop requirements, the advantage is that each arm can be independently positioned so it's located close to the source of the welding fumes, while multiple arm systems can be controlled automatically helping reduce energy consumption, resulting in faster recovery of investment costs.

For example, a state-of-the-art Plymovent system will automatically monitor and adjust the air volume required, depending on how many workplaces are being used at any given time. The controls in the system will adjust to the pressure drop in mechanical filters and maintain the air volume performance at each fume extractor. This type of system will also make a contribution to improving the global environment.

For more Information on Plymovent Engineered Solutions, visit: Plymovent Direct 

Mobile Extraction Units

Mobile extraction units are usually on wheels or light and compact enough to carry. They can be moved around the workshop to the source of welding fumes, providing increased flexibility to the user. The air is sucked up through the hood, then down the arm where it gets filtered and released back into the surrounding air.

Different mobile extraction units are available, however the model required will depend on the amount of welding being carried out and the process being used. Our team are here to advise you which system will be most suitable for your needs.

Visit: Mobile Extraction Units

Fume Torches

Torch fume extraction captures welding fumes directly at the point of generation. Fumes are extracted by openings in the nozzle at the top of the torch, which are then carried through the hose into the collector unit. To treat the fumes and for maximum efficiency, the torch should be connected to a high vacuum system which collects and filters the fume, returning clean air back into the workshop.

Visit: Fume Torches  

 

Extraction Tables 

Extraction tables are a combination of welding bench and filtration system, suitable for applications such as welding, grinding and plasma cutting. The tables can be placed anywhere in a workshop including inside a welding booth, thus removing fumes and dust directly from the breathing zone of the welder. 

View: Extraction Tables

 Air Fed Welding Helmets

Also known as a form of RPE (Respiratory protective equipment), Air Fed Welding Helmets are known to provide the best all-round protection for welders and should be used as the front line of defence against harmful fumes. The system is configured to allow the PAPR unit to take in the ambient air, passing it through a filter to remove a sufficient amount of hazardous materials before feeding it into the helmet to ensure the welder has clean air to breathe.

The PAPR unit is connected to the helmet and worn by the welder, either as a belt of a harness. This allows the welder to move to various locations without worrying about moving the system around. 

Safety regulations state that the air flow of a helmet must be checked before every PAPR use. Optrel helmets fitted with the e3000 PAPR system automatically check the air flow at start up, effectively decreasing start up time compared to helmets requiring manual air flow checks.

Important things to consider when buying an air fed helmet:

  • Has the helmet been officially approved by the relevant authorities to meet specific standards?
  • Are replacement cartridges and filters easily available to you, ensuring they can be easily changed when required?
  • Does your Air Fed Helmet fit? – The correct fit is extremely important.
  • Movement - Does the respirator provide enough freedom of movement; how noisy will it be?

View: Air Fed Helmets

 

More information can be found online at the HSE.

If you're not sure what method of fume extraction meets your requirements, don’t hesitate to contact our sales team: sales@rapidwelding.com or on +44 (0)23 92 214 214.

 

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Keeping Our Welders Welding - Why We Offer The Ultimate Welding Service

by Rapid Welding 19. February 2019 07:31

Staying ahead of the game and keeping our customers welding is key to our business.

When Rapid and RentArc joined forces, we knew it was a solid move and one that would enable us to offer a complete service to our customers.

The move has paid off, with RentArc operating from our purpose built Hedge End facility and growing from strength to strength. Whether our customers want short or long term hire, single units or fleets of machines, we can supply and deliver it. Last week we delivered Nine Tig sets and Nine Inverter Welders, all with relevant accessories including leads, torches and regulators!

When asked last year why RentArc was proving so popular, Director Damian Bryant replied, "Our customers return to RentArc because they trust us to supply the correct advice concerning choice of equipment. They trust the equipment is reliable and ready to weld. They trust it will be delivered on time to the correct location. They trust they will be billed fairly."

Quality products, value for money, great deals and friendly, knowledgeable customer service is what you can expect from Rapid Welding and RentArc.  And not only does our rental fleet consist of the very best welding equipment available in the market place, but after every hire our machines are serviced and validated by us before going out again, ensuring they arrive at your site in perfect working order to commence work without delay.

Our promise to you: Rapid and RentArc will keep your welders welding. 

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Come Join Us - We are looking for a Dispatch Warehouse Operative to join our team

by Rapid Welding 28. November 2018 07:31

Dispatch Warehouse Operative

Location: Portsmouth PO6
Job Type: Full-time
Salary: £18,525.00 /year

 

WORKING HOURS: 43.5 Hours per Week, Monday to Thursday 0800 to 1700, Friday 0800 to 1600. You must also have the flexibility to work extra hours. 30 minutes paid lunch

SALARY: c£18525 pa including paid lunch.

HOLIDAY: 20 paid days per year + bank holidays (Some leave mandatory to cover period business is closed between Christmas and New Year)

** Candidates MUST have a Full Driving Licence, you will be based at the warehouse and will provide cover for fellow stores people / delivery drivers when required **

JOB OVERVIEW

We have a fantastic new job opportunity for a Dispatch Warehouse Operative

Successful candidates will predominately work as a Dispatch Warehouse Operative. You will also provide holiday relief cover for stores colleagues and delivery drivers. You will need to have a Full Driving Licence and the flexibility to go out on deliveries at short notice.

Working as the Dispatch Warehouse Operative you will work within a team to ensure that all goods are put away correctly, and orders are picked, checked, and dispatched correctly.

As a Dispatch Warehouse Operative you will support the smooth running of the warehouse and be responsible for preparing paperwork, to deadlines, to support courier deliveries

You should have excellent time management skills and customer service skills, as you will be required to serve on the trade counter while meeting daily deadlines.

DUTIES

Dispatch Warehouse Operative duties and responsibilities include:

  • The correct receiving and putting away of supplier deliveries.
  • The correct picking, checking and packing of sales orders.
  • Completing any relevant documentation required for national and international deliveries.
  • Working in a timely and efficient manner, complying with customer deadlines.
  • Serving customers on the Trade Counter.
  • Assisting drivers with the loading of vehicles when necessary.
  • Very occasionally covering absence of delivery drivers.
  • IDEAL CANDIDATE REQUIREMENTS
  • Good level of computer literacy
  • Full driving licence
  • Anticipate, respond to and seek to exceed the expectations of existing and potential customers
  • Show support for business values and demonstrate a high level of honesty and integrity
  • Respond positively to changing business circumstances and readily adapt behaviour to maintain effective performance
  • Be able to work in a well-structured manner with strong organisational skills
  • Ensure tasks are completed by set timescales, accurately and with an attention to detail
  • Build and maintain good working relationships, able to communicate effectively with all internal and external stakeholders
  • Good level of literacy and numeracy skills
  • An industrial warehousing background although this is not essential

A current forklift licence would be advantageous but this is not essential.

HOW TO APPLY

To be considered for this job vacancy, please apply via: https://www.indeedjobs.com/rapid-welding--industrial-supplies-ltd-8ebd719/jobs/678601610abc4bdd2a6d

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Best Product of the Year 2018 Goes To ..............

by Rapid Welding 3. October 2018 13:58

 

There's been an exciting and deserved 'tick in the box' for Fronius UK Ltd's fantastic TransSteel 2200 Multi-purpose Welding System. Selected for the Red Dot Design Award and the Plus X Award “Best Product of the Year 2018” in the Tools Category, the TransSteel 2200 is also one of Rapid Welding's Best Sellers!

This exciting product clearly impressed an expert jury, which is no surprise in an awards described as 'an orientation guide for consumers', showcasing the best of innovation and design. Well, the TransSteel 2200 has all that alongside providing multi-functionality in an impressively compact package.

What's not to like?

Bringing together the three welding processes of MIG/MAG, TIG and MMA in a single device, this single-phase power source from Fronius is characterised by the intelligent design of the device. Ease of use, robustness, with a high level of reliability you would expect, the TransSteel 2200 weighs in at only 15.5kg, making it one of the lightest devices on the market.

The TransSteel 2200 is available now from Rapid. For more information on this and other excellent Fronius products, visit us online: Rapid Welding Website. 

 

 

 

 

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Another Challenge for Rapid: HIOWAA - Walking for Lives

by Rapid Welding 5. September 2018 15:38

This coming weekend is set to be another big challenge for Rapid Welding's Business Manager, Marianne Edwards.

Back in May, Marianne took part in another Ultra Challenge series event. The 50 km walk around the Isle of Wight - a feat Marianne and fellow walker, Jane Griffin, accomplished in 9 hours and 58 minutes, managed to secure some incredible donations for Rapid's 2018 charity: Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.

Now they're doing it all again, only this time it's a 100 km!

The Thames Path Challenge offers a choice of 25 km, 50 km and 100 km walks, and in true Rapid style Marianne decided to go large when entering. The 100 km route takes you from Putney Bridge to Henley, which I hear is a stunning route steeped in history and following England's most famous river is sure to be enjoyable. But it is 100 km, let's not forget. So while it's going to be an amazing achievement for all who take part and make it to the finish, it's also going to be a huge test of stamina and determination.

~ Our visit to the HIOWAA base ~

Marianne and Jane are hoping to complete the test in around 20 hours, and they've been putting in the practice to make sure they are physically up for the challenge. As for mental endurance, well, I know these girls and I'm 100% confident they'll be able to motivate each other from start to finish, and still finish smiling.

We'll let you know how it goes, and don't forget Marianne is participating to raise money for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.

So far the Rapid pot has reached £1585.06 of our £2500 target, but even if we exceed our goal we're not stopping. It costs in excess of £9000 a day to maintain this life saving service, and all that is down to donations from local communities. We'd be very grateful for any support, however large or small. If you would like to donate, please visit the Rapid Welding Just Funding page and help us make a difference. 

Thank you for reading.

 

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RentArc Keeps Your Welders Welding

by Rapid Welding 17. August 2018 12:11
 
 
 
 
Firstly, here's a huge Rapid Welding bear hug for those of you visiting our blog and showing your support to our wonderful group of companies based here on the UK's south coast.  We may be down here on our little island, but our customer base stretches worldwide.

This blog focuses on RentArc, part of the Rapid Welding Group specialising in the hire of welding equipment. The quality of products, value for money, great deals and personable service our customers expect from Rapid Welding, they can also expect from RentArc. It's also safe to say our rental fleet consists of the very best welding equipment available in the market place, and after every hire our machines are serviced and validated by our very own industry professionals before going out again, ensuring they arrive at your site in pristine working order to commence work without delay.

This is our promise to you: RentArc will keep your welders welding.

We mentioned earlier in the month that RentArc was having an incredible August regarding numbers of hire purchases leaving the depot.

Damian Bryant of RentArc said, "We're really pleased about the numbers, especially as it's 'out of season' for many of our key clients who are in the ship repair industry. You see, most ships do the bulk of their work between early spring and late autumn, and tend to get their repairs done when the weather isn't so good. So despite the time of year, many of these clients have kept busy during the lean time."
 
 Some of our rental fleet was used in the construction of Red Jet 7 on the Isle of Wight!
 
 And it's not just the ship repair industry we hire out to, although being based near Southampton and Portsmouth Docks puts us right on the pulse of that! In fact, RentArc's clients operate in a broad range of other industries including oil and gas, power generation (power plants tend to have their shutdown periods during the summer months), process pipework, rail infrastructure, not to mention general fabricators.  Another range of customers we're very pleased to support include bespoke luxury kitchen and wine cellar installation companies in Central London, and we also have machines way down in the West Country, South Wales, Kent and East Anglia.  All in all, we're very pleased to report that most of our clients seem very busy right now! 

When asked why the rental market was proving so popular, Damian replied, "Our customers return to RentArc because they trust us to supply the correct advice concerning the choice of equipment. They trust that the equipment is reliable and 'ready to weld'. They trust it will be delivered on time to the correct location. They trust they will be billed fairly." Basically, if you deal with RentArc, you know you can trust us every time to “keep your welders welding”.

  Another busy day in the life of RentArc!
 
 
 

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Our Day with the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance

by Rapid Welding 8. June 2018 16:40
>>>>>> Marianne & Becca (right) with the HIOWWA crew <<<<<<
 
 
HIOWAA is Rapid's chosen charity for 2018, and we are fundraising throughout the year to raise money for this very valuable service.  We have been very lucky to be invited to HIOWAA air base at Thurxton to learn first-hand about the charity and the work they do.
 
It costs approximately £9,000 a day to keep the Air Ambulance flying and saving lives. They fly 365 days a year, on average three times a day, however it can be as many as eight. Without any government funding, they rely solely on donations from the public.
 
The critical care teams have received advanced training to be able to carry out more in-depth lifesaving actions than the regular ambulance service. The medical equipment they carry on board is also more advanced than the regular ambulance service, with a doctor present on 97% of flights.
  
HIOWAA recently had an extension of the service that they are able provide to the sick and injured of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight with the arrival of the Critical Care Team Vehicle.  This is crewed by a team of HIOWAA doctors and paramedics and has parallel capability to the Air Ambulance. The Vehicle provides the same enhanced care as that delivered by the Helicopter, but now able to get to the more difficult to reach urban areas.
 
 
 
>>>>>>>> Marianne checks out the on-board equipment <<<<<<<
 
During our visit we were able to visit the training facilities used by the critical care team; the immersive simulation suite uses multiple projectors and speakers which allows realistic incident scenes to be produced at the base. The extensive options range from being at the side of a busy road, in the middle of a nightclub, to a lakeside path, therefore giving the team a chance to experience situations they may encounter whilst carrying out their life saving roles. Training is carried out on life-like dummies with simulated patient monitors, which produce realistic information and training for continual training, experience and improvement. Regular training helps existing staff to stay sharp and to practice normally infrequently performed procedures such as open chest surgery.  
 
 
 
>>>>>>>> Marianne experienced some hands-on training <<<<<<<
  
 
We would like to say a huge thank you to the team, they do a truly amazing job and it was a privilege to learn first-hand about the charity and the work they do.
 
 
HIOWWA is also Rapid's 2018 charity and we are fundraising all year round. If you wish to support us, we have set up a Just Giving page for anyone who wishes to donate and help us reach our target of £2,500 > Just Giving.
 

 

 

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“Plymovent cares about the air you breathe."

by Rapid Welding 19. April 2018 14:14
 
 
“Plymovent cares about the air you breathe."  
 
 
 
Let's face it, clean air is something most of us take for granted, and sometimes we forget how vitally important it is in industries such as welding, construction and engineering, where invisible air pollutants like welding fumes, dust and oil mist can have very serious implications on our health following daily exposure. 

Well, fortunately, clean air is something we care about, and so too is creating safe working and operationally efficient environments for businesses and individuals in our industry. Awareness about indoor air quality is widely growing, and whether you are a small one-man-band or multi million pound business, it is imperative to protect yourself and your team from health issues arising from unsafe work spaces.

Last week at MACH, Rapid Welding joined Plymovent at the NEC Birmingham to launch www.PlymoventDirect.com, a one stop online platform for systems and services providing valuable extraction and filtration of polluted indoor air.  
 
MACH was a great venue for the launch, with over 600 companies exhibiting the latest products, services and technology within the UK manufacturing and engineering industries, and a wide, relevant audience whom we were able to demonstrate how to achieve a significantly cleaner, safer and healthier workplace to. 
 
 
 
“Plymovent cares about the air you breathe. We offer products, systems and services which ensure clean air at work, anywhere in the world. We respect the environment and we deliver high-quality products. Our expertise gained over many years and our genuine commitment to customer requirements enable us to provide precisely the solutions you need.” 
 
 We can supply mobile fume extractors, extraction arms, stationary filter units, control equipment, flexhood, filters and spare parts, and our dedicated team are available to offer product support and technical advice.

Visit Plymovent Direct, and see how we can help you achieve clean air.

 

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The Powermax30® AIR is Delivering BIG performance

by Rapid Welding 4. April 2018 14:12
 
 
 
The Powermax30® AIR is Delivering BIG performance for Welders! 


The Powermax30® AIR is delivering 
BIG performance in a small size, lightweight unit. A professional grade plasma system, the Powermax30® Air features its own built-in air compressor for high portability and quick, easy cutting, allowing for operation absolutely anywhere there’s single-phase power. Not only this, but coupled with the highly effective moisture removal system, the Powermax30® Air gives great cut quality and performance in hot and humid conditions. It's easy to set up and operate, and you can expect superior cut quality and faster cutting speeds, meaning increased productivity with the added bonus of needing only one tool for a variety of metal types and thicknesses. 

Just plug it in, attach the work clamp and you’re ready to cut any metal! 

Features include: 

·       Laughing Hypertherm Earth Clamp.

·   Laughing    3 year warranty.

·   Laughing    Built in compressor.

·    Laughing Lightweight - 13 kilos.

·     Laughing Cuts up to 16mm severance cut, 8mm quality cut.

·  Laughing    Runs on 110v or 240v (smart switching)

View this great product and receive friendly support at  www.rapidwelding.com

 

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CECAMM - The New Centre of Excellence

by Rapid Welding 12. January 2018 13:39

CECAMM - The New Centre of Excellence

Welding Bays at CECAMM

Opened by HRH The Countess of Wessex in September last year, the exciting Isle of Wight College CECAMM facility in Whippingham offers students specialised education and a broad experience of engineering skills. The aim is to prepare students to enter their chosen field, help secure careers, and in some cases go on to higher study. 

Located at the Island Technology Park, the world class training facility includes workshops and classrooms for study programmes such as Boat Construction and Design, CNC Programming, Fabrication, Marine Engineering and MIG, MAG and TIG Welding, and it was for the latter programme that the college purchased six new Kemppi welding machines from Rapid.

 

Kemppi MasterTig 3003 MLS AC/DC

Having heard about Rapid through an existing customer based on the Isle of Wight, the order for three Kemppi FastMig X, and three Kemppi MLS 3003 AC/DC Tig for CECAMM soon followed, as well as further orders for PPE and consumables.

Welding Lecturer at CECAMM, Chris Wright said, "We are very pleased with the welding equipment supplied by Rapid Welding.The equipment is easy to use and it's always good to have industry standard equipment for the learners. I am very impressed with the level of help and support we have received from Rapid Welding. It's all good :)." 

With close ties to the Isle of Wight and a strong customer base, we are delighted to have had the opportunity to supply CECAMM with welding machines and equipment for this project. As a company, Rapid strives to bring our customers the products they really want, combined with the most up-to-date technology in the industry. This enables businesses as well as individual welders to safeguard quality and productivity, and in this case, will allow the future generation of welders and engineers to develop their skills with the most current equipment available, helping them prepare for the future and hopefully successful and rewarding careers.

They will certainly have an excellent start at CECAMM!

For more information about CECAMM and how to apply for engineering courses and apprenticeships, please visit their website: www.cecamm.co.uk. 

The Future Generation of Welders!

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