What requirements apply to welding fluorine compounds?
In confined spaces, welding or cutting involving fluxes, coverings, or other materials that contain fluorine compounds must be done according to WAC 296-307-50017
"Fluorine compound" means a compound that contains fluorine as an element in chemical combination, not as a free gas.
The need for local exhaust ventilation or airline respirators for welding or cutting in other than confined spaces will depend on the circumstances. However, such protection is desirable for fixed-location production welding and for all production welding on stainless steels. Where air samples taken at the welding location indicate that the fluorides liberated are below the maximum allowable concentration, such protection is not necessary.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 49.17.040
. WSR 98-24-096, § 296-307-50019, filed 12/1/98, effective 3/1/99. WSR 97-09-013, recodified as § 296-307-50019, filed 4/7/97, effective 4/7/97. Statutory Authority: RCW 49.17.040
, [49.17.]050 and [49.17.]060. WSR 96-22-048, § 296-306A-50019, filed 10/31/96, effective 12/1/96.]