BCGA takes welding health and safety message forward in HSE video campaign

The British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA) has put welding health and safety on the radar in a video produced under HSE's ‘Go Home Healthy' campaign.

Doug Thornton, chief executive of BCGA sets out the serious implications of Occupational Lung Disease in the short film, available to view at

HSE's ‘Go Home Healthy' ‘campaign is centered around everyone's right to go home healthy from work.
It calls for employers do the right thing to protect the health of their workers both today and for the future and includes a web area dedicated to lung health at

Doug Thornton, Chief Executive of BCGA, said: "We hope this video goes someway to getting the message across that welding fume can permanently and severely affect health and foreshorten life, but it needn't do.
"Welding, brazing and cutting are essential processes in manufacturing industry and all these processes depend crucially on industrial gases.
"However, precautions should be taken to avoid the inhalation of welding fume, not only by operatives doing the welding, brazing and cutting, but by others working nearby too

BCGA is a strong advocate of health and safety in the welding sector. It has been working for a number of years alongside HSE and others in the industry to alert welders and their employers to the dangers of welding fume.

The association's website, also features a dedicated area ‘Welding Matters,' available to view under the ‘Gas Topics' section, which included links to the BCGA Safety Alert on the hazards of Welding Fume, listed as Technical Information Sheet (TIS) 24.

Mr Thornton added: "A safe and healthy working environment features good fume extraction or Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV), supported where appropriate by the best available PPE, such as air masks, to protect welders and their colleagues.
"Unfortunately, too often we see that whereas the welder himself is protected by such, other workers operating or walking close by are not suitably protected or trained.
"Employers, their safety managers and welders themselves should be aware of the legal responsibilities to provide a safe working environment and to adequately train personnel in best operating practices."


Press release issued by Jane Shepherd, Shepherd PR -

01335 368020

Notes To Editors - About BCGA

The ‘invisible industry' underpinning a safe, successful and healthy nation - industrial and medical gases are essential to the existence and wellbeing of thousands of people in the UK every day.

Industrial gases perform a wide-ranging role, supporting the manufacture of information technology, as well as key UK industrial sectors including steelmaking, refining, welding, chemical processing and electronics. They also help keep homes warm, water clean and food nutritious, appealing and affordable - while medical gases play a critical role in applications including respiratory care, pain therapies and anaesthesia.

The British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA) is the UK membership body for this critical industry. With a commitment to stringent quality, safety and environmental measures, BCGA members employ 19,000 people directly and account for an annual turnover of £2.7 billion.

Members of BCGA operate in a highly-regulated industry and work together on technical, safety, health and environmental issues to achieve high standards of integrity and environmental care, both within their own and customers' working environments.

BCGA promotes safety practice through its publications and also participates in the preparation and revision of National, European and International Standards.

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26 March 2018

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