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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…

HSE Explanation of special lighting set up to show invisible paint mist

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This HSE slide show explains the importance of Tyndall lamp assessments in a spray paint application.  A Tyndall lamp uses the sunlight effect to illuminate invisible particles that you cannot see under normal circumstances. The tyndall assessment is an important element of an LEV Through Examination and Test.  The usefulness of a Tyndall lamp is…

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…

HSG258; Controlling airborne contaminants at work; A guide to local exhaust ventilation (LEV)

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Controlling airborne contaminants at work; A guide to local exhaust ventilation (LEV) Third Edition, Published by HSE 2017 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 are all described….

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

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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”; and “Calculation Sheets and Methods”. This (2019) 30th Edition, incorporates changes in many of the…

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…

CoSHH Essentials: Control banding

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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 useful where workplaces may hold a large variety of different hazardous substances.  The aim is…

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

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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 are all described. Sections on Manuals and Log Books, LEV Examination and Testing protocols and…

CoSHH Essentials – Easy Steps to Control Chemicals

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HSE Guide (looks like published Sept 2009) dealing with the foundations and “Technical Basis for the CoSHH Essentials: Easy Steps to Control Chemicals”. If you are familiar with Benchmarking (as per HSG258) then this document will provide you with so much more information on the fundamentals and will also allow you to consider more difficult…