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Weld Fumes and Metalworking Fluids

HSE inspectors are currently visiting fabricated metal businesses across Great Britain to ensure duty-holders know the risks associated with welding fumes and metalworking fluids and have controls in place to protect worker’s respiratory health.

Thousands of people die from work-related lung diseases every year. Inhalation of fume from welding can cause cancer and inhalation of mist from metalworking fluids can result in occupational asthma. Today is World Asthma Day, through our fabricated metal inspections the HSE are highlighting the risks of occupational asthma and the devastating impact lung disease has on workers’ lives.

Inspectors will be visiting businesses to check that welding work and use of metalworking fluids are planned correctly to minimise risk; and that adequate control measures are in place to protect workers’ health. Further information can be found on the HSE press release here

More information and web links are given in the attached AMM.

Peter Walker

BCSA Director Health, Safety and Training