ISO 9001 & UKAS Registered, Electron Beam Services in the United Kingdom ISO 9001 & UKAS Registered, Electron Beam Services in the United Kingdom

26/03/20
According to figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), there were 28.2 million working days lost last year due to work-related health issues. The statistic is a worrying one that is costing UK industry millions of pounds in lost productivity, reports Aero Mag.

What manufacturers are finding frustrating, is that many of the contributing factors can be avoided if firms explore and invest in cost-effective means to deliver a clean workplace for their staff.

The aerospace industry, while seen as being at the forefront of modern technology and innovation, has many examples within all tiers of the supply chain are not doing enough to meet regulations.

“One of the Health and Safety Executive’s main focuses in 2020 is reducing exposure to metalworking fluids and welding fume,” said global industrial air cleaning specialist, Filtermist Systems’ CEO, James Stansfield. “Mild steel weld fume was reclassified as carcinogenic last year, prompting a change in enforcement expectations.

“Inspections for fabrication facilities are being ramped up considerably and failure to comply with Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) regulations could carry a significant financial penalty. More importantly, the welfare of staff is continuing to suffer if firms fail to act.”

The International Agency for Research on Cancer published findings that proved mild steel welding fumes cause lung cancer, and possibly kidney cancer. The HSE estimates that 40-50 welders are hospitalised every year due to breathing metal fumes at work.

HSE will no longer accept any welding being undertaken without suitable exposure control measures in place, as there is currently no known level of safe exposure.

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