Speakers:
Simon Field and Scott Blakelock, Technical Specialists at 3M UK&I
Mark Sennett, Content Director at Health and Safety Matters (HSM) magazine

In February 2019, the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) issued a safety bulletin about the change in enforcement expectations for control of welding fume.1 All welding fume (including mild steel) is now classed as a carcinogen which can cause lung cancer and has the potential to cause kidney cancer. This is based on the outcome of recently published research by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).2

Consequently, there’s a strengthening of the HSE’s enforcement expectation for exposure control for all welding fume including mild and stainless steels, high chrome steels, armour plating and exotic metals.

In this webinar we’ll help to clear the air on what this means for you and address some of the common issues surrounding respiratory hazards for welders, including:

  • Basic respiratory hazards
  • Health effects of weld fume
  • Controlling the hazard
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

References
1. Change in Enforcement Expectations for Mild Steel Welding Fume http://www.hse.gov.uk/safetybulletins/mild-steel-welding-fume.htm[Accessed 26 February 2019]
2. IARC Monographs on the Evaluation of Carcinogenic Risks to Humans Volume 118 http://publications.iarc.fr/569 [Accessed 26 February 2019]

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