Legal/Codes, etc

HSE Update: Welding fume

Earlier in 2019, the HSE released their bulletin announcing that Mild Steel welding fumes was now classed as carcinogen.  This put Mild steel welding into the same category as Stainless and Galv welding (just to name a few examples). The …

ACGIH Manual of Recommended Practice for DESIGN: NEW 30th Edition!!

NEW 2019 EDITION! NOW AVAILABLE! Now in its 30th Edition Since the 26th Edition, this industry standard LEV Manual has undergone several major changes and upgrades Additions include chapters on – “Organization and Evaluation of Systems”; “Metric Solutions and Tables”; …

Welding Fume IARC Monograph 118

In February 2019 HSE announced that Welding Fume was to be considered a human carcinogen.  This has had a major impact across a wide range of industries and employers. Questions are arising as to what elements of the welding ‘fume’ …

HSE Work Plan 2019-2020 – Asthmagems, Carcinogens & Respirable Crystalline Silica

HSE have set our their Work Plan for the coming byears with particular focus on targeting sectors where carcinogens, asthmagens and RCS are regularly used, produced or process generated. They have stated that they will deal with the underlying causes …

HSE – Welding Fume – Changes in Enforcement

In February 2019 HSE released a Press Note which advised of the new health warning status of welding fume.  The main points made were:- New scientific evidence that exposure to all welding fume, including mild steel welding fume, can cause …

CoSHH Essentials: Control banding

CoSHH Essentials: Controlling exposure to chemicals – a simple control banding approach Occupational hygienists and others colleagues use this CoSHH essentials control banding approach to identify suitable options for mitigating risks from substances hazardous to health. This approach is particularly …

HSG 258 CONTROLLING AIRBORNE CONTAMINANTS AT WORK – A GUIDE TO LOCAL EXHAUST VENTILATION (LEV) – copy

Second Edition, Published by HSE 2011 This is HSE’s current guide on LEV and related topics.  Here you will find recommended Duct Velocities, Captor Velocities, Face Velocities, and other design criteria. The various types of hoods, filters, fans and discharges …

Am I Required to Fit Hood Indicators & Gauges?

OXYL8 have recently produced a paper which considers whether there is a need in law for hood indicators/gauges.  We know that HSE asks for these to be fitted but they also indicate in their LEV FAQ pages that there is …

L5 ACoP to CoSHH Regs (6th Edition)

The Approved Code of Practice and Guidance to the CoSHH Regulations 2002 are now in their 6th Edition (Dec 2013) This is the link to a downloadable copy:- L5 CoSHH ACoP 6th Edition – as a pdf  

HSW Act 1974 S6 “General Duties of Manufacturers etc as Regards Articles and Substances for Use at Work”

Extract from Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 which spells out the duties and responsibilities of Manufacturers, Designers, Supplies or Imports articles (including LEV) and substances for use at work.  Useful checklist for anyone Buying or Designing, Manufacturing, …