Not to over-dramatize things, the company I work for is ridiculously tight on spending for a large company. My job requires me to do a lot of soldering (hardware engineer) and I have asked for a fume extractor costing $50, and im being ignored and treated like im buying unnecessary equipment. I've been told 'buy yourself a usb fan or something'.
I have made the requisition, all he has to do is approve it and at this point, I must have asked him 5-6 times over the past 4 weeks and all I get is 'ask me next week I'm busy' and I have basically been soldering 20% of my time the last 4 weeks which is a lot of hours and I think it's not healthy with this lead-free horrible stuff.
What should I do? Bite the bullet and buy one myself? I feel like im going to cause myself hassle by being firm with my manager or getting other departments involved or to buy one for me. I actually like the company but the saving money to this point actually stresses me out - if we cant buy a $50 exractor in our R and D department, you can imagine what other areas of spending are like.
Extra information: Farnell talks about it here and on their second page describes some legal things such as CHOSHH - Again not sure where I stand on all this but it's clearly not healthy to breath long term https://uk.farnell.com/essential-considerations-for-managing-soldering-fume-extraction