HSE Revised Guidance for Welding Fume
In February 2019 the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) advised that the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has re-categorised all welding fumes (including mild steel) as carcinogenic to humans (Group 1). The Workplace Health Expert Committee (WHEC) endorsed the findings at its meeting in November 2018. As a result, the HSE issued a Safety Alert explaining that, with immediate effect, it is strengthening enforcement expectations.
HSE has now revised its guidance. The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health direct advice for welding to help make sure exposure to any welding fume released is adequately controlled has been published along with HSE's web pages on how to manage exposure to welding fume.
In the new year, HSE inspectors will be visiting businesses across the country to check compliance with the law. As an employer you should know the risks, plan your work and use the right controls when welding.
13 November 2019