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?