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Welding Fumes - HSE Compliance

Welding Fumes: The Risk Factor

Smoke and gases are created by metal processes, such as welding and cutting and are classed as hazardous substances according to current regulations. In 2017, all types of welding fumes were classified as a Group 1 carcinogens. Welding fumes contain potential cancer-causing agents (carcinogens), including metallic oxides, silicates and fluorides. Scientific evidence from the International Agency for Research on Cancer shows that exposure to mild steel welding fumes can cause lung cancer and kidney cancer, as well as inflicting damage on the nervous system. Even short-term exposure can result in nausea, dizziness, or eye, nose and throat irritation. Is your Workforce at Risk?

HSE Response

Following this research, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) released a safety alert to all industries undertaking welding activities. The enforcement expectation for exposure control for all welding fume including mild and stainless steels, high chrome steels, armour plating and exotic metals, was significantly strengthened, in order to provide maximum protection to workers. The HSE provide a clear guidance for businesses across the UK. They enforced a strict schedule of inspections, reviewing health and safety standards.

Industry Compliance

Is your Business at Risk? To protect your workers’ health, you must ensure you have adequate controls in place to avoid or reduce exposure to welding fumes. Employers must provide a suitable fume extraction system. Local exhaust ventilation, such as mobile units or fixed installation systems are essential to meet HSE compliance. Suitable respiratory protective equipment should also be provided, where necessary to protect workers in the metal fabrication industry from inhaling fumes.

 

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