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Help!!! My friend just died from metal toxicity

Help!!! My friend just died from metal toxicity

Help!!! My friend just died from metal toxicity

My name is Wil Menzies. I am a glassblower and the owner of our industry journal. For years, I have felt that I needed to compile accurate ventialtion solutions article for our readers, as most of them are not aware of the hazards and long term repercussions of heavy metal poisoning. Last week, one of our shining stars and a personal friend died from lack of ventilation which resulted in metal toxicity. His name was Daniel Trilli and he was a loving, concerned and very talented young artist.
I have been searching for handbooks on exhaust ventilation for craftspeople, but everything I found is mostly beyond me. I am looking for feedback, advice, books to read or not, etc. I am looking to have this article in our next issue, which deadlines July 20th. Any help will be noted in the article, which will be read by approximately 15,000 hot glass artists. www.theflowmagazine.com
I do have limited background in air movement from a previous career, but it did not touch upon toxic exhaust systems. All help will be appreciated.

Many thanks in advance,

William 'boxfan' Menzies

RE: Help!!! My friend just died from metal toxicity

 I think for your application, the type of fume extractor used by welders may be your best bet. http://www.air-quality-eng.com/welding.php is one such manufacturer. There are many others.
  My wife is a senior editor for the craft and hobby industry. I got her to do a search for the types of fume cabinet offered to her industry. It turned out that most of the ones offered to crafters are collapsible paint spray booths which are not adequate for removing the lead, cadmium, or other metallic fumes released when glass is melted.

RE: Help!!! My friend just died from metal toxicity

boxfanwilly (Civil/Environme)
Research also, soldering fume extraction.

RE: Help!!! My friend just died from metal toxicity

Thanks for all the replies. We are finding out that it might have been more carbon monoxide than heavy metals. I could also use any reference to possible air flow standards, appropriate cfm and movement equipment to evacuate. Is there a maual covering this that is a bit dummied up for me.
With glass, the composition of heavy metals in our colors are only .002% to .75%(these mainly silver, germanium, cadmium, copper,erbium and cobalt. The rest is mainly silica with fluxes and stabilizer of potash or borax. The majority of the colorants are worked into the "matrix" when the glass is batched. The artist or end user of the glass gets some exposure when the metals on the surface "effervesce" or gas off.
Again, many thanks for all help.

Wil Menzies

RE: Help!!! My friend just died from metal toxicity

There is a basic handbook titled "industrial ventilation", my copy isn't here so I can't give you more details.
The key is to extract the air as near the source as possible.  Weather it is metals or fluxes or CO, the goal is to remove it as directly as possible.
By removing the air at the source you are able to actually move less air.
One thing that you have to do is control make up air.  This is often difficult since people will tend to open doors and windows to suit their comfort, even though it may ruin the planed ventilation system.

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RE: Help!!! My friend just died from metal toxicity

This is from my book on coolant management.  It is a couple years old but I believe most companies are still about the same.  Basically you can save your life for very little money.  

You also need to get some smoke bombs from a safety supply source so you can see where the funmes are going.  


Chapter 38
Air Collection Information and Equipment

Part of a successful coolant program is to control mist and collect it for re-use or recycling.   

The companies listed on the other side of this insert sell everything from huge systems for major factories to very small portable systems.  They sell downdraft tables for brazing and overhead systems with collecting arms that can be placed wherever you wish.

Three Excellent Articles

One is by John Ashe of AAF (American Air Filter) International in Louisville, KY.  (305) 443-9353.  His article is Controlling Welding Fumes in the July, 1997 issue of The Fabricator.  Reprints of the article are available by calling (800) 477-1214 and asking for reprint # APC-4-905.

Another good article was in the December 1996 issue of the same magazine.  It was written by Joe Topmiller who is Director of Technical support for United Air Specialists at (800) 551-5401 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  The article is Addressing Air Quality Issues in the Workplace.

The third article is on new respiratory standards by Jay G. Mears in Modern Woodworking.   (248) 244-6439.  It was called: Intelligence Report: Getting Ready for 42 CFR part 84 call MSA and is available at (888) 867-0602.

Equipment Suppliers:

AAF International (American Air Filters) –(305) 443-9353 – small line but appropriate for most shop applications – great technical support – (see articles section above).  Excellent technical advice. http://www.aafintl.com/default.htm

Airflow Systems (214) 503-8008 Dallas, TX – wide variety of units, overhead units, downdraft tables, and portable units – “Dust and fume Exhaust” pamphlet has good technical information.  Recommended for literature.    http://www.airflowsystems.com/index_new.html

Coppus (508) 756-8391 Millbury, MA – unique, portable dust collection systems – also employee coolers for hot areas.  Unique products.   http://www.coppus.com/

Dust Vent, Inc.  (630) 543-9007 Fax: (630) 543-1407  100 W. Fay St., Addison, IL 60101, Wide range of equipment and good literature.  Recommended for literature.   www.dustvent.com

Eurovac  – Central vacuum cleaner systems and other dust collection equipment.   http://www.eurovac.com

Farr Pollution Control Products (800) 479-6801 Los Angeles, CA. – Overhead cleaning with or without arms.  http://www.camfilfarr.com/apc/default.htm

Gardner Environmental Products  (920) 485-4303 Horicon, WI –Ceiling mounted and portable units.   mail@gardnermsg.com     

Industrial Ventilation Group (800) 610-6010 Harbor Springs, MI –Central and portable units, downdraft tables.  Recommended for literature.  http://www.unipol.com/

MAC Equipment, Inc.  (800) 821-2476 – Huge, complete catalog.  Excellent information, great source to build your own system.  Recommended for literature.  http://www.macequipment.com

Nederman (313) 729-3344 Westland, MI –Nice literature –looks like nice overhead arm extraction equipment –good information on Do It Yourself. Recommended for literature.  http://www.nedermanusa.com/

Plymovent (732) 417-0808 New Jersey –good equipment –great free booklet “My Pocketguide to Clean Fresh Air”.  Recommended for literature.   www.plymovent.com

Sly, Inc. (216) 891-3200 Cleveland, OH –Shop size central collection systems to huge industrial systems.  Recommended for literature.    http://www.slyinc.com

Trion (800) 421-3956 Greensboro, NC –Overhead units –they advertise a free clean air guide.  http://www.gormanindustries.com/Trion.htm

United Air Specialists (800) 551-5401 Cincinnati, Ohio –Invented the original smoke eaters for bars, etc. –Good equipment –good literature and great technical help.  Recommended for literature.  http://www.uasinc.com/

Thomas J. Walz
Carbide Processors, Inc.

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