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.
APS UK Ltd are delighted to announce that they have been appointed as the UK distributor for Lorandi Silos Srl, bringing a new range of bulk material storage and conveying solutions to the UK market.
APS UK Ltd have been involved in the plastics industry, supplying bulk material conveying systems, waste extraction systems, and dust and fume control systems, for over 20 years.
Lorandi Silos Srl was established in 1952, manufacturing stainless and aluminium silos, as well as vertical mixers and a full line up of bulk material conveying equipment, including big bag stands and silo loading systems.
‘We are pleased to have the opportunity to supply Lorandi equipment in the UK. It comes as our company has seen continued growth in terms of the number of employees and turnover. Over the last 18 months, we have grown our projects team and increased the number of salesmen to better serve our customers. From our office and warehouse in York, we will be able to stock and quickly supply parts to UK customers.’ – Adrian Ogden, Managing Director, APS UK Ltd.
Both APS UK Ltd and Lorandi Srl share a passion for innovation and supplying high-quality equipment and service to customers in the plastics industry.
As the UK distributor for Lorandi we are excited to discuss our new products. If you want to find out more about the Lorandi products we supply, we would be happy to give you more information, just contact our office on 01904 215101. Or contact us at: http://apsukltd.co.uk/contact-aps-uk-ltd/
We are really pleased to introduce Lee Dickson our new Service and LEV (Local Exhaust Ventilation) Test Engineer.
Lee is a certified LEV Engineer with P601 (Thorough Examination and Testing of Substances) and P602 (Basic Design Principles of LEV Systems) qualifications. Lee will be our primary LEV Test Engineer, helping to ensure that all our customers comply with COSHH (Control of substances Hazardous to Health) regulations that require most LEV systems to be thoroughly tested every 12-14 months.
Some of examples of when LEV Testing needs to be more
Processes where blasting is carried out in, or
incidental to the cleaning of metal castings in connection with their
manufacture – Monthly.
Jute cloth manufacture – Monthly.
Processes, (not wet), in which metal articles
(other than gold, platinum or iridium) are ground, abraded or polished using
mechanical power in any room for more than 12 hrs a week – Every 6 months.
Processes giving off dust or fume in which
non-ferrous metal castings are produced – Every 6 months*
We carry out LEV Testing across the UK, if you would like a
free quotation please get in touch with our office on 01904 215101 or email us
See us on stand 23 at the Made in Yorkshire Manufacturing Exhibition on 23rd May 2019
On 23rd May 2019 we will be at the Made in Yorkshire Manufacturing Exhibition at the Centenary Pavilion, Elland Road, Leeds. This is the second time we will have attended, and we are really excited to be there.
We are stand 23 so please come along and see us. We can help with any questions you may have regarding dust or fume extraction. The HSE are also issuing new and stricter guidance on weld fumes following new evidence. If this is something that affects you, have a chat with us to ensure your workforce is protected.
We can also advise on pneumatic conveying systems. Especially for any waste or trim you might have to help make it more economical and effective. Speak to one of our sales team who will be in attendance and they will be more than happy to help.
We will have a selection of the different ducting we use available to view along with some filters and the tools used to do LEV (Local Exhaust Ventilation) tests.
APS UK continues its period of expansion and are pleased to welcome new Area Sales Manager John Palmer.
Based in the midlands, John will be a point of contact for the midlands and the south of the UK for dust and fume control systems.
John is bringing his knowledge and experience to the role having worked in the dust and fume control industry for over 20 years. John’s career has covered both the design and installation of full turnkey systems, to selling individual filter units for one of the leading dust extraction filter manufacturers.
“It is a pleasure to join APS UK and a great opportunity to be part of the company at such an exciting time of growth.”
We are pleased to welcome our new Sales Manager, James Panton to our company. This is a continuation in growth for our company and it’s staff’s specialist knowledge base.
James was formally UK Sales Manager for Kongskilde, running their UK business. He brings with him extensive knowledge of pneumatic conveying systems, waste extraction and de-dusting in the plastics industry.
APS UK are an official UK distributor of Kongskilde products. This is an area of the business that James is looking to build on.
‘After 14 years with Kongskilde UK I am very much looking forward to a new challenge with APS UK Ltd. APS are a UK dealer for Kongskilde Industrial. With their project and service department, as well as UK stock, we will be able to offer a first class service to customers within the UK and Ireland.’
It’s Thursday 21st June 2018 and it’s Clean Air Day. Coordinated by Global Action Plan charity, Clean Air Day is about raising awareness of air pollution – what causes it, what the effects are, and what we can do about it.
In our line of work at APS, air pollution is something we take seriously, we have started bringing in hybrid cars for our sales team, running off electric where possible. Our Directors are also taking part in Ride London (100miles!!) on the 29th July to raise money for British Lung Foundation, see their training progress and donate here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/apsukltd-blf
For Clean Air Day, in our office everyone is trying to do something to help. People have cycled to work rather than drive, those with hybrid cars have used only electric, everyone still having to use a car has checked their tyre pressures and one person is having a vegetarian day (vegetarian diets help reduce methane in the atmosphere).
Air pollution can come from many sources, but road transport is one of the biggest. Vehicles are the main source of nitrogen dioxide in the UK (with diesels being the worst). But shockingly as a car driver you can actually be exposed to twice as much air pollution as pedestrians and nine times more than a cyclist! So another great reason to ditch the car for the bike.
It is estimated that 40,000 deaths each year are caused by the air we breathe when out and about.
Air Pollution has a bigger effect on children than it does adults. Children’s organs and immune systems are still developing and so are more susceptible.
Children with asthma who are exposed to higher levels of air pollution suffer more frequent chronic respiratory symptoms.
Air Pollution increases the risk of lung cancer (1 in 13 cases)
Long term exposure is also linked to the development of cardiovascular disease
Higher daily concentrations of air pollutants are associated with increased asthma attacks, increased hospital admissions and increased daily mortality
Things you can do to reduce air pollution
Walk, cycle, bus, train or car share, limit vehicle use where you can.
Drive an electric vehicle.
Switch your engine off when stationary.
Make sure your tyres are correctly inflated so your car is running more efficiently.
Consume less energy – (and save money!). Switch lights off where you can, only fill the kettle with the water you need and only run washing machines/dishwashers when full.
Compost- have a compost bin for garden waste/ vegetable peelings. This helps produce fertile soil and means your garden waste doesn’t have to be burned.
In the workplace (industrial)
Many industrial process also create air pollution and can be dangerous for the workforce to work in. If your business has any processes which create airborne dust and fume particles, talk to us and we can give a free quote for a bespoke system. Read in more detail about we can do here: http://apsukltd.co.uk/our-services/dust-extraction/
If you already have a Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) system in place, ensure it is properly maintained to efficiently protect your workforce. By HSE standards LEV systems should be tested every 12-14 months. This is also something we can help with, read more about the importance of LEV testing here: http://apsukltd.co.uk/our-services/lev-testing/
The important thing to remember is to do your best to reduce air pollution not just on Clean Air Day but the rest of the year too!
On the 29th July our Directors, Sherrie and Adrian, will be doing Ride London to raise money and awareness for the British Lung Foundation.
Ride London- Surrey is a 100mile closed road cycling event following many of the same roads from the Olympic Road Race in 2012. The course features some gruelling 1300+ meters (4300ft) in climbs, most of which is to be found between Pyrford and the summit of Leith Hill and of course the famous (or should that be infamous,) Box Hill. Of course being based in the rather flat vale of York, this bit is the hardest to train for, they are both doing their best however, and have been putting in the miles to help prepare themselves.
Sherrie and Adi have chosen to support the British Lung Foundation because in our line of business we work closely with customers across a vast range of industries protecting their workforce from air pollutants which can cause breathing and lung disorders.
Somebody dies from lung disease in the UK every 5 minutes with approximately 10,000 people in the UK diagnosed with a lung disease each week. As such workplace lung disease is one of the key topics in HSE’s Health and Work Strategy.
At APS UK Ltd we strive to help companies resolve potentially hazardous working environments which impact on the lung health of their employees. Adrian is also the honourable secretary on the steering committee of ILEVE (Institute of Local Exhaust Ventilation Engineers), which was established to promote air quality in the workplace and to reduce ill health and death due to airborne contamination and hazardous substances in the working environment.