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Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) guidance

We would like to draw your attention to the current inspections and new developments in the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) guidance.
HSE is reminding employers that they must protect their workers' health by controlling the risks from welding fume.
HSE’s current programme of inspections will review health and safety standards across the country and businesses are encouraged to visit HSEs revised guidance to remind themselves of the changes to enforcement expectations.
The inspections follow a safety alert that was issued after new evidence shows exposure to mild steel welding fume can cause cancer. HSE has updated guidance to reflect this.
The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health direct advice sheets for welding, and the updated metalworking fluid sheets , will help to make sure exposure to any welding fume or metalworking fluid, is adequately controlled.