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Metal Production & Fabrication

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Metal Fabrication and Welding Safety

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Safety Solutions for the Metal Industry

For over 100 years, 3M has designed solutions to aid the metalworking industry, from abrasive material to our recent innovations in welding protection. We are committed to working with you to drive your business forward.

From steel mills to aluminium smelters, from lead recycling to met-fab shops, 3M is here to support you in your efforts to build an effective culture of health and safety. Metal industries are faced with a wide range of hazards, and identifying those hazards and the right solutions to address them is not always easy. 3M can help to support you through this process and help you make correct decisions based on your needs.

  • We aim to increase awareness and bring forward educational elements surrounding safety and health concerns with exposures to hazards such as arc radiation, loud noises and common weld fumes like Manganese and Hexavalent Chromium. Our goal is to provide relevant technical information, industry best practices, and potential product safety solutions.

  • 3M designs and manufactures PPE that aims to help protect you in a changing world. From smelting to casting, coke ovens to blast furnaces our technology, experience and energy drive innovative solutions to help you manage your work environment so you can focus on the job at hand. We provide safety solutions that can help improve the comfort of personal protective equipment for everything from your eyes to ears and respiratory system.

Top Metal Fabrication & Production Applications

Metal fabrication is the building of metal structures by cutting, bending, and assembling processes, most commonly welding. It is a value-added process that 3M understands well. From abrasive discs and belts to industry leading welding safety equipment - we are here to help.

  • Safety Solutions for Welding Protection

    Our innovative welding helmets enable welding performance and help make the welder's job safer and more comfortable. 3M is the manufacturer of Speedglas Welding Helmets, and integrated systems for eye, face and respiratory protection. 3M's knowledge and experience of welders' working conditions sparks our innovative development.

    Hazards for Welding

    3M Product Solutions for Welding

  • Metal Fabrication Solutions for Grinding, Cutting & Finishing Applications
    Grinding, Cutting & Finishing

    You sometimes only get one chance to grind down, and finish your metal parts the way you want them, getting it just right. It sets the bar for the rest of your work. 3M designs innovative safety products whether you're cutting, grinding, or finishing your work. Our aim is that 3M PPE products help ensure your project is a cut above the rest.

    Welding and Grinding

  • hot work ppe and other solutions for foundry application

    Working with metals exposes your workers to hazards in many different forms like hot work and heat stress. Furnace work and foundries are particularly high risk. Melting and pouring processes have a high risk of molten metal splash injury. Metal splash can lead to severe contact burns, eye injuries or lead to ignition of inappropriate protective equipment. 3M Safety can help you understand the variations of Metalworking PPE available and what makes sense for the hazards you face.

    See our Silica Regulation for Metal Industry Bulletin (PDF, 278.88 KB)

Trending Metalworking Hazards

Be aware of welding fume and other hazards

Learn about important topics for your industry: regulations, process-related hazards, their potential health risks and relevant PPE measures

Download hazard guides – including Welding Fume and more

  • Typical hazards in the metal industries - Exposure to Noise
    Exposure to Noise

    A high level of noise exposure is the norm in many workplaces in the metalworking industry. 3M offers innovative and effective hearing protection and communication solutions.

    Noise level barometer Infographic (PDF, 90 KB)

    3M Protective Hearing range

  • Typical hazards in the metal industries - Eye Injuries
    Eye Injuries

    Eye injuries are among the most common work accidents in metalworking causing considerable costs and downtime. Flying particles, generated during grinding or cutting, as well as dangerous UV and IR rays when welding, can potentially cause irreversible eye and face injuries.

    3M Protective Eyewear range

  • Typical hazards in the metal industries - Heat

    Heat is one of the greatest problems at many metalworking workplaces – from metal production and further processing to finishing. 3M offers special heat protection product solutions for safe and efficient work.

    3M Respiratory Welding Helmet Systems

    High Heat Head Protection (PDF, 32.5 MB)


  • Typical hazards in the metal industries - Falling Objects and Head Protection
    Falling Objects and Head Protection

    Working in many different workplaces – for instance during maintenance work in installations and machinery – results in other hazard sources, such as falling objects. 3M offers head protection (bump caps or helmets) that protect your workforce effectively against potential injury.

    3M Head Protection range

Suggested MetFab Products

Suggested MetFab Products

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  • 3M™ Adflo™ Powered Air Purifying Respirator as a welding  protective equipment

    Ask most experienced welders about the hazards of the job and eye protection usually comes at the top of their list. But at 3M, we take eye, face and respiratory protection extremely seriously. As one of the most popular PAPRs, the 3M™ Adflo™ Powered Air Respirator is designed to help provide welders a reliable, versatile and integrated protection.

    Request a Welding Adflo Demo

  • Our latest innovation in protective eyewear - SecureFit 400. Featuring 3M Pressure Diffusion Temple (PDT) Technology and 3M Scotchgard Anti-fog Coating. Providing a snug fit, and reduced fogging in hot environments.

  • The 3M™ Rugged Comfort Quick Latch Half Facepiece Reusable Respirator 6500 Series helps provide respiratory protection in harsh, dirty environments against airborne contaminants when used with approved 3M cartridges and filters. This facepiece combines comfort, durability, and stability with a firm, lightly textured silicone faceseal and strong body construction.

  • Prevent hand-to-ear contamination and encourage hearing protection with 3M™ Push-to-Fit Earplugs. The comfort of slow-recovery foam with the convenience of a push-in earplug

  • Engineered to withstand radiant heat loads up to 375°F, the NEW 3M™ Elevated Temperature Hard Hat H-702T is the foundation of an integrated system of advanced personal protection equipment. The H-702T is designed specifically for elevated temperature applications ranging from metalworking and smelting to glass manufacturing.

  • Now you can increase the utility of your 3M™ Versaflo™ M-307 or M-407 Respiratory Helmet – by adding integrated protection for head, neck and shoulders against radiant heat, sparks and splashes.

  • 3M™ Scott Fixed and Portable Gas Detection

    With their many furnaces, flames and processes that emit hazardous gases, steel mills have a significant need for gas detection. Each step in the steel making process—from coke production through ingot casting and rolling—has its specific hazards that can be addressed with a properly matched gas detection system. 3M Gas Detection offers a wide range of gas detection products for the steel industry to help keep employees safe and production running.