HSE will be inspecting sites that carry out metal fabrication in January to March 2020 to check compliance with the law.
The focus will be on control of exposure to welding fume and metalworking fluids.
All welding fumes (including mild steel) are now classed as carcinogens. Metalworking fluids can cause occupational asthma, occupational hypersensitivity pneumonitis and dermatitis.
There is revised guidance available so you can protect your workers from these serious health hazards.
In a recent HSE eBulletin these actions were outlined -
Make sure exposure to any welding fume released is adequately controlled using engineering controls (typically LEV).
Make sure suitable controls are provided for all welding activities, irrelevant of duration. This includes welding outdoors.
Where engineering controls alone cannot control exposure, then adequate and suitable RPE should be provided to control risk from any residual fume.
Make sure all engineering controls are correctly used, suitably maintained and are subject to thorough examination and test where required.
Make sure any RPE is subject to an RPE programme. An RPE programme encapsulates all the elements of RPE use you need to ensure that your RPE is effective in protecting the wearer.
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