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HSE Fabricated Metal Inspections – Are You Ready?

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspection programme is officially underway, running from May to September 2021, targeting fabricated metal businesses across Great Britain, to make sure that they are managing the risks of welding fumes and metalworking fluids through their business activities.

Inspectors will be ensuring that duty holders know the risks, plan their work, and are complying with all the necessary guidance to negate the risk of respiratory diseases and protect their workers’ health.

At Weldsafe, we have the expertise and the equipment you need to help you meet the necessary controls and protect your staff.  However, if you’re unsure about what this inspection programme means, in this blog we will explore the risks from exposure to welding fumes, the steps you can take to combat that risk and how we can help.     

What Are the Risks?

Employers have a legal responsibility under COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) Regulations 2002 to protect workers from exposure to any substance considered hazardous to health.

The law, which states you must protect your workers by controlling the health risks from welding fumes, applies to both specialist welders and workers who do minimal welding, even if it is only a couple of hours per week.

Exposure to welding fumes can cause lung cancer, asthma, and many other health conditions so it’s vital that you put all of the necessary controls in place.

How to Combat the Risks?

You can control the risks to health from welding fumes by welding in a way that produces less fumes, using personal protective equipment (PPE), maintaining control measures and good general ventilation and making sure that you and your workers both understand the risks and how to use controls.

We’ve included some more of our top tips below:

  • Reduce exposure to welding fumes by using processes that generate less fumes, like MIG welding
  • Use local exhaust ventilation, also known as fume extraction, to remove the fume at the source
  • Wear an air fed helmet for heavy duty protection from welding fume and dust when welding, gouging and grinding
  • Make sure your equipment is kept in working order and that any faults are identified and repaired as soon as possible
  • Make sure your workers are fully trained and are knowledgeable on the safety hazards associated with welding activities, and how to both prevent and control these risks
  • Consistently review, evaluate, and update control measures

How We Can Help

At Weldsafe, we pride ourselves on providing our customers with the highest standards of service and the highest quality products. Which means we have just the product for you, to ensure you correctly manage the risks of welding fumes and are compliant with the HSE safety requirements.

We recommend the following products:

Fume extraction:

  • The ESAB Origo™ Vac Carts are ideal for any light to medium welding work and provide welders with a safe and efficient welding environment.

Air fed unit and helmets

  • The ESAB PAPR (Powered Air Purifying Respirator) system combines with a choice of ESAB welding helmets, to offer heavy duty protection from welding fume and dust when welding, gouging and grinding. 
  • Compatible helmets include

What’s more, as a Platinum Partner of ESAB, our customers can benefit from privileged access to ESAB products, unrivalled technical support and often faster deliveries of products due to the extensive stock of ESAB products we hold in house. Find out more here Buy Esab Products

Ready to get started?

We provide recommendations and advice based on years of knowledge and expertise, which ensures that our customers get the right products for their budget and requirements. As industry experts, we can support you and your business to make sure you are fully prepared for the upcoming HSE inspections.

Contact our friendly, knowledgeable staff today to discuss what we can do for you.