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Farmers Welding Fume Guide

The guide was put together to help farmers understand and put in place solutions to the risks that derive from welding tasks. The guide explains the HSE legislation reclassification (which was introduced in February 2019) and how to protect farmer’s health from the welding fumes generated from the welding process. The reclassification stated that ventilation does not achieve adequate exposure control and engineering controls need to be provided.

1. Risk assessments

The vast majority of farming businesses only carry out occasional welding repair work meaning the exposure risk is low. Yet, to reduce the risks in the following steps, it’s recommended that risk assessments should always be completed.

2. Welding Fume Solutions (Engineering Controls)

Auto Extract System’s Technical Sales Director, Darren Bell, assisted Farmers Weekly to assemble the best welding fume control solutions, to provide you with a fume-free farm. The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) recommend many of these solutions in their welding fume control guidance and include:

3. RPE

Next, it explains how engineering controls should be used as a primary measure to protect staff, but, RPE (respiratory protective equipment) should be used as a secondary measure.

4. Training

Finally, it explains how important thorough welding training is to ensure that the entire operation is safe.

Health Risks

The 4 step guide states how the HSE reclassification of mild steel welding fume is a: “Game-changer for farmers as mild steel is the most common type of steel used in the production or modification of agricultural machinery, equipment and buildings.”

In 2017, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) published new research, titled: ‘Welding, Molybdenum Trioxide and Indium Tin Oxide (Volume 118). In the monograph, the researchers concluded that “There is enough evidence in human for the carcinogenicity of welding fumes”. Also, “Welding fumes can cause lung cancer and positive associations have been observed with cancer in the kidney.”

Exposure to welding fumes increases the risk of cancer risk, so providing effective engineering controls with a local exhaust ventilation (LEV) system, with a fume extractor or extraction units is the most effective method of controlling exposure to mild steel welding fume.

FREE Welding Fume Assessments For Farmers

Auto Extract Systems can help your farming business protect its workers with a comprehensive welding fume extraction system. We offer FREE, no-obligation welding equipment extraction assessments for all kinds of businesses farming businesses. Please get in touch with us on 01942 267444, or complete a form on our Let’s Chat page.




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