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New HSE Standards for Welding

Published on: 21 November 2019

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Following a safety alert from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in February 2019 regarding the hazards of welding fume exposure, it has now been confirmed that exposure to mild steel welding fumes can cause lung and possibly kidney cancer.

As a result of these findings, the HSE has published new information, guidance and standards. This includes a revision of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSSH) standards regarding welding fume exposure, which now includes those from mild steel welding.

All UK marine businesses which use welding or preparation for welding as part of its operations, need to put these new standards into place immediately. 

In the New Year (2020), the HSE will be visiting businesses and sites across the country to check that compliance with the law is being followed. There will be information about the inspections in the HSE newsletter which any business can sign up to.

  • Read the updated COSSH standards here
  • Find out the latest advice on managing fume exposure here 
  • Sign up to the latest HSE newsletter here

British Marine members seeking further advice can contact the British Marine Technical team on technical@britishmarine.co.uk.