Earlier this year in February (2019), the HSE issued an alert regarding a change to the control expectations for exposure to welding fume – including mild steel welding. This alert was a result of research carried out by the International Agency for Research on Cancer which found evidence that exposure to mild steel welding fume can cause lung cancer and possibly kidney cancer.
Following on from this the HSE has now published its revised guidance about how to manage exposure here.
The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (CoSHH) have also published their advice to make sure that any exposure to welding fumes released are adequately controlled here.
This guidance is vital information for employers, to ensure they are complying with the law and adequately protecting their workforce. It is also important for employees who do welding, to ensure they know their rights and use the correct control measures.
In the new year, HSE have announced that their inspectors will be visiting businesses across the country to check that the new guidelines for exposure to welding fumes are being adhered to.
Here at APS UK Ltd we specialize in Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) systems, which are, as the HSE state on their site:
“The most effective way to reduce welding fume is to capture it at source, protecting the welder and preventing fume spreading. To adequately control exposure to welding fume you should use suitable LEV where possible. These may vary depending on the welding activity.“
If you have a an existing LEV system, our qualified engineers can do a thorough LEV Test and produce a report to clearly state its suitability and effectiveness. Read more about our LEV Testing services here. We can also recommend and install any improvements that may be needed in order to bring your system in line with the new guidelines.
Further more if you want advice on what type of LEV system would be the right type for you, we can advise, design and install a bespoke system.
Please contact our office on 01904 215101 or contact us here: http://apsukltd.co.uk/contact-aps-uk-ltd/