Occupational Hygiene - Welding



Welding can pose a number of risks to employees in a manufacturing environment, from the potentially harmful fumes and gases emitted during the welding process, to fumes, noise, fire and electrical risks.


Prolonged exposure to welding gases and fumes can cause chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes bronchitis and emphysema, metal fume fever, asthma, increased susceptibility to pneumonia and even cancer. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) estimates that exposure to welding fumes cause more than 150 deaths each year due to cancer.


Welding fumes are very fine particles of metal oxides, mainly arising from the welding rod or wire, whilst welding gases may include ozone and, in the case of metal inert gas (MIG) and tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding, inert gases that can present a problem when working in confined spaces.

Those working with specific materials including carbon steel, chromium 6, mild steel, stainless steel and galvanised welding are at a greater risk.


Managing risks of welding

Employers must consider a number of regulations relating to workplace health and safety, and take appropriate measures to identify, manage and mitigate the potential risks. These include:

• The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) 2002
• The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
• The Electrical Equipment Safety Regulations 1994
• The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989
• The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005

With so many factors to consider and different regulations to meet, managing the health of employees who perform welding in manufacturing facilities can be challenging.

Bureau Veritas offers a wide range of expert, independent occupational hygiene services to help achieve and maintain safety in the workplace, whilst meeting the requirements of all relevant regulations.

Services

• Workplace exposure assessments
• Mechanical inspections including Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV)
• Noise and vibration services
• Fire risk assessments
• Electrical testing and inspection

Benefits

• Achieve and maintain compliance with all relevant regulations
• Demonstrate your commitment to the health and safety of employees
• Gain complete peace of mind from a trusted, independent compliance partner
• Access to a full range of testing, inspection and certification services from qualified Bureau Veritas experts

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