Welding extraction is essential when dealing with a number of different processing methods; such as welding, materials and coatings, matched with frequencies and durations. It can be diffuse for business owners, or health and safety managers to know when or how to adequately control fumes produced from the welding process. Local exhaust ventilation (LEV) is the primary solution to mitigate welding fume exposure.
As welding or cutting is a thermal process; gases, particulates and fumes that are produced from the process rise and are suspended in ambient. These can be detrimental to employee's health. It is essential cutting or welding extraction is provided to remove the constituents away from the breathing zone and out of the working environment.
Welding Fume is Carcinogenic
“There is sufficient evidence in humans for the carcinogenicity of welding fumes. Welding fumes can cause cancer of the lung. Positive associations have been observed with cancer of the kidney.”
Shortly after the reclassification and the enforcement expectations changed, HSE released new guidance for managers. in November 2019, the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) released revised task-specific COSHH guidance for welding, cutting and allied jobs to help managers make sure that exposure to all kinds of welding fume is controlled in the workplace.
On the HSE's website, they have different guidance sheets depending on the task you're undertaking. These include:
WL3 - Welding Fume Control. In this guidance, it recommends: "Using a movable fume capture hood on a flexible extraction arm for large to extra-large workpieces."
Welding Fume Extraction
Find out more about Welding Fume Extraction page. Here you'll find lots of helpful information on how you can help your business provide a safe working environment for all staff and typically LEV solutions.
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We'll call to arrange a convenient time and date to visit your site. We'll analyse your working processes, assess the substances used and the contaminants generated. We'll workout how best to control the dust and fume in a way that's in line with your COSHH risk assessment.