Health and Safety News
Steve Naldrett, Director of Ardan Training Consultancy says “The HSE are concentrating on businesses that have a welding operation and have revised their guidance with regard to this, as described below”
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) released a safety alert for those undertaking welding activities, including mild steel, in any industry. In order to protect workers, the HSE is strengthening its enforcement expectation for exposure control for all welding fume including mild and stainless steels, high chrome steels, armour plating and exotic metals.
This followed new scientific evidence from the International Agency for Research on Cancer that exposure to mild steel welding fume can cause lung cancer and possibly kidney cancer in humans.
HSE has now revised its guidance.
The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health direct advice for welding to help make sure exposure to any welding fume released is adequately controlled has been published, along with HSE’s web pages on how to manage exposure to welding fume.
Health and safety is a day to day discipline and companies have to “walk the walk” as well as “talking the talk”
An interesting article on this can be found by following the link below;-
A few links to recent prosecutions to be aware of.
Steve said “As you can see no industry is immune to accidents and in most, if not all cases the accident could be avoided or the consequences could have been mitigated by following a few simple steps to control the Hazard.”
“Simple risk assessments can be very effective”
“Please give us a call for information on our risk assessment courses, accredited by leading awarding bodies”