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HSE Update: Welding fume

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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 announcement didn’t come with any clear advice on control.  The HSE have reacted to criticism…

Breathe Freely_Welding Fume Control Selector Tool

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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. It provides guidance on welding fume control for common welding tasks. A panel of experts…

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

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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 health and safety at work, industrial hygienists and other public health professionals, industrial users of…

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

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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: agencies concerned with health and safety at work, industrial hygienists and other public health professionals,…

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

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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 selected and is currently being developed by technical committee CEN/TC 121/SC 9/WG 4 (Testing and…

Assessment of Exposure to Chemical Agents in Welding Fume

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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 variation was relatively small at <20%.  Voltage was the variable parameter which exerted the greatest…

Welding Fume IARC Monograph 118

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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’ are implicated and what control responses would be appropriate. This Monograph is the original document…

HSE – Welding Fume – Changes in Enforcement

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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 lung cancer. Also limited evidence linked to kidney cancer. Now a change in HSE enforcement…

HSE Guides – Brick, Tile & Silica

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A series of HSE Guides published in early 2019 to assist in the control of dust exposures in the Brick, Tile and Silica Industries.  These guides can be viewed and downloaded by following the links below. BK0 “Advice for Managers” BK1 “Clay Milling (Pug-Mill)” BK2 “Sand Moving & Screening” BK3 “Facing Green Bricks with Sand”…

HSE Guides – Ceramics

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In early 2019 HSE produced/updated a series of brief guidesd aimed at the control of dists, and in particular respirable crystalline silica from ceramic processes.  These guides can be accessed and downloaded by following these links:- CR0 “Advice for Managers” CR1 “Glaze & Colour Preparation” CR2 “Casting” CR3 “Dry Fettling” CR4 “Kiln Loading (Placing) &…