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Welding fumes from mild steel work reclassified as carcinogenic to humans

Published on: 14 February 2019


The International Agency for Research on Cancer has released new scientific data, that links exposure to mild steel welding fumes may cause lung and possibly kidney cancer. Subsequent to this the Workplace Health Expert Committee have endorsed re-classifying mild steel welding fumes as carcinogenic to humans.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is raising its enforcement expectations for dealing with all welding fumes in the workplace as it is considered that general ventilation does not achieve the proper level of protection. The safety notice relating to this change can be found here.

This change takes effect immediately, all British Marine members who carry out welding must take immediate action to manage the risks and make changes in the workplace. British Marine members seeking advice can contact the Technical team on