When the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) released its change in enforcement expectations for mild steel welding fume early this year, it brought this risk into the spotlight. Under the new safety alert, effective engineering controls and respiratory protective equipment must be implemented. The new enforcement applies to anyone who undertakes welding activities, including workers and employers alike.
Driven by scientific evidence proving that exposure to mild steel welding fume can cause several types of cancers, this new enforcement expectation underlines the need to protect welders. HSE offers several actions to reduce the risk, but it’s important for anyone involved in or exposed to welding activities to understand the full extent of the danger and all options for protection.
"scientific evidence proving that exposure to mild steel welding fume can cause several types of cancers"
This complimentary white paper from RPB Safety is an in-depth exploration of what welding fume is, what makes it so dangerous, and how respirators and other controls play a key role in protecting welders’ lungs.