Bureau Veritas Webinar: Welding Fume & Metalworking Fluid Exposure
Jun. 1 2021
The Health and Safety Executive has stated its plans to inspect engineering premises in the coming months, focusing on the health hazards presented by occupational exposure to welding fume and metalworking fluid over a prolonged period. Over exposure to these substances may cause workers to develop, amongst others, hypersensitive pneumonitis, a serious and irreversible respiratory illness.
It is therefore vital that businesses have a robust occupational hygiene programme in place, including processes to assess and control exposure to welding fume and metalworking fluid.
To support you in meeting your obligations, Bureau Veritas is hosting a new webinar, developed and delivered by experts in our Occupational Hygiene team.
Our webinar, ‘Occupational hygiene and welding fume / metalworking fluid exposure’, will cover statutory requirements for welding fume and metalworking fluid exposure, detail how to determine exposure levels and introduce measures to control exposure.
Join Joe Marais Engineering Team Leader – Occupational Hygiene & Storage Equipment at Bureau Veritas, on June 15th at 11am.
Joe Marais said: “HSE figures show that in the UK alone, exposure to welding fume is estimated to cause more than 150 deaths due to cancer every year, while around 40 to 50 welders are hospitalised annually with pneumonia due to inhaling metal fumes.
“The risks to employees’ health from these exposures can in many cases be prevented, or at least adequately controlled. With the HSE stating its intention to carry out inspections between May and September this year, it’s never been more important for manufacturers to assess exposure levels in line with workplace health and safety legislation.
“A key part of putting the necessary measures in place is workplace air monitoring assessments. These can provide the invaluable data and insight required to control exposure to welding fumes and metalworking fluids. We’ll be exploring the issue in the webinar, setting out what’s involved in air monitoring assessments and introducing the control measures that can be applied to help reduce the risk of exposure.”
The webinar is free to join but you must register in advance. Click here to secure your place.