Welding Fume Control

The topic of the “Control of Weld Fume Extraction” is becoming more important as more information is published to show the the connection of weld fumes to lung and kidney cancers as well as other illnesses (HSE Safety Alert).

Information regarding control measures can be found on the Health & Safety Executive web sites:

Change in Enforcement Expectations for Mild Steel Welding Fume (hse.gov.uk)

Welding fume: protect your workers – Overview – HSE

In 2021 the HSE published a COSHH information sheet (WL3) detailing the controls relating to welding fumes:

Welding fume control (hse.gov.uk)

The regulations these documents relate to include:

The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH)

Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974

Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992.

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