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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 …

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 …

EH40 – Workplace Exposure Limits 2005 (2020 edition).

This latest version of EH40 (4th Revision; 2020) has been updated to include new, revised and updated Workplace Exposure Limits (WELs) for the following substances:- ■  Hardwood dusts (including mixed dusts) ■  Chromium (VI) compounds ■  Refractory ceramic fibres ■  …

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 …

Breathe Freely_Welding Fume Control Selector Tool

An online Welding Fume Control Selector Tool In light of the HSE’s bulletin announcing Mild Steel welding as a carcinogen, Breathe Freely have supplied this web-tool.  It is designed to complement the information on the Breathe Freely in Manufacturing webpages. …

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: …

Measurement of Capture Efficiency of On-Gun Extraction for Welding (LVHV)

HSE sponsored Research Report RR1010 (2014) undertaken by HSL. Key Messages from this Report:- Two test methods for measuring the efficiency of integral on-gun welding fume extraction systems have been devised and assessed. As a result, Method 1 has been …

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 …

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’ …