Occupational Hygiene

HSE/UKLA “Good Practice Guide for Safe Handling and Disposal of Metalworking Fluids”

This revised publication from UKLA/HSE on good practice for safe handling and disposal of metalworking fluid (MWF) provides a guide on how to maintain MWF to prevent ill-health in machine workshops. It has been prepared by a panel of experts …

Offshore Guide OCE3 “Painting by Spraying”

This HSE Offshore series guidance note describes good practice for mixing and spraying solvent-based paint.  But note – it does not apply to water-based paint. It covers the key points you need to follow to help reduce exposure to an …

Guidance on Dust Control & Health Surveillance in Bakeries

Excellent document published by the Federation of Bakers in August 2020. This guidance addresses one of the more significant OH risks in the industry; respiratory exposure to flour and other ingredient dusts. Since its last revision in 2008 the well-known …

Casella Air Sampling Handbook

This excellent perennial Handbook produced by Casella is an excellent introduction to the equipment and protocols for industrial air sampling. Click the link to download:-  Handbook on Air Sampling Equipment 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 …

BS EN ISO 10882-2: 2000 Welding – Sampling Gases in the Breathing Zone

BS EN ISO 10882-1: 2000 specifies a sampling method for welding gases generated by welding-related operations for the purpose of making personal exposure measurements in the operator’s breathing zone. It is intended to be of benefit to: agencies concerned with …

BS EN ISO 10882-1:2011 Welding – Sampling Particulates in the Breathing Zone

BS EN ISO 10882-1: 2011 specifies a sampling method for welding fume and airborne particles generated by welding-related operations for the purpose of making personal exposure measurements in the operator’s breathing zone. It is intended to be of benefit to: …

Assessment of Exposure to Chemical Agents in Welding Fume

HSL Laboratories Research Report from 2000 (2000/15) which set out to re-evaluate the reliability of EH54 methods for assessing exposures to welding fume. The report concluded that while chemical composition of welding fume can be influenced by welding parameters, 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’ …