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HSE Strengthens Mild Steel Welding Enforcement After New Cancer Risk Evidence

Posted by Liz Marshall on


New scientific evidence from the International Agency for Research on Cancer has shown that exposure to mild steel welding fume can cause lung cancer and possibly kidney cancer in humans. The Workplace Health Expert Committee has endorsed the reclassification of mild steel welding fume as a human carcinogen. With immediate effect, there is a strengthening of HSE’s enforcement expectation for all welding fume, including mild steel welding; because general ventilation does not achieve the necessary control.

Further information advice is available on the HSE website HERE

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