Last week, HSE released a press release where a fabrication company were taken to court and heavily fined after failing to act upon three improvement notices, read the full article here. Avoid the risk of being fined and ensure you’re legally compliant when controlling welding fume exposure in your workplace.

 

Avoid Being Fined

Avoid being fined and be legally compliant when controlling welding fume exposure in your workplace. Last week, HSE released a press release where a fabrication company were taken to court and were heavily fined after failing to act upon three improvement notices, read the full article here.

HSE issued a fabrication company three improvement notices for not providing welding fume LEV controls and also for not completing LEV Tests on their wood dust and powder coating LEV equipment.

Following an investigation, HSE advised the company of issues during their initial visit in February 2018, at their second visit during December 2018 and on their third and final visit in April 2019. However, the company failed to act upon the receipt of Notification of Contravention letter by the set completion date. As a result, HSE took the company to Magistrates’ Court where they pleaded guilty to breaching Section 33(1) (g) of the Health and Safety At work etc Act 1974. The company was subsequently fined £12,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,740.40. 

After the hearing, HSE inspector Martin Giles commented, “The failure to comply with an improvement notice is a serious offence. If you receive a notice, you should ensure you take appropriate action to correct the health and safety problems and breaches that are identified in the notice.”

The press release comes as no surprise after HSE sent declaration forms to manufacturing businesses earlier in November. The declaration forms are to clarify whether or not the Managing Director (or person responsible for health and safety) are aware of the change in exposure control measures for mild steel welding fume, and ensure that the business is legally compliant or does not undertake any welding activities.

 

Get Welding Fume Legally Compliant

At Auto Extract Systems we aim to help fabrication and engineering businesses avoid fines and be legally compliant when controlling welding fume exposure. We have an extensive range of welding fume LEV solutions, which can be tailored to suit your business’s needs. Get in touch today to arrange a free site survey and quotation; contact us via email, or call us today for a no-obligation discussion on +44 (0)1942 267444; in addition, keep in touch with us on our social media channels: FacebookTwitter or LinkedIn for updates.

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