Welding and hot process fumes

We can competently assist in your compliance with the COSHH regulations by devising and undertaking workplace air monitoring surveys to measure personal exposures of your welding and hot cutting operators to welding fumes. In order to fully understand the risk to health of your employees, it is necessary to carry out personal sampling for welding fumes and fine particulates. Chemical analysis of the fumes along with the exposure concentration data then provides a solid base for an adequate risk assessment of the welding process.

Welding fumes assessment is carried out in strict accordance with the latest Health and Safety (HSE) guidance documents and International Standards (ISO). The assessment is carried out on a representative sample of the workforce to provide reliable exposure data. The collected information is then expressed as personal exposure levels for each exposure group and compared with the relevant exposure limits.

The assessment process briefly consists of:

  • Evaluation of employees' exposure times, working patters and exposure groups;
  • Evaluation of existing fume controls such as General ventilation, LEV and RPE;
  • Evaluation of welding consumables, materials and welding techniques;
  • Personal sampling from a number of selected operatives;
  • Preparation of technical report with findings and recommendations.

Welding fumes the employees are being exposed to mainly consist of gaseous components and particulate fumes with varying concentration and composition. The fume composition depends mainly on the type of the welding rod, welded material and the welding technique. Particular components of welding or cutting fumes can be toxic to humans and long term exposure to these fumes can result in deterioration in health resulting in conditions such as Pneumonia, Throat irritation, Metal fever, Occupational asthma and others.

Projects

– 2017

Her Majesty Revenue and Customs

Diesel fumes and laboratory reagents exposure assessment

Occupation exposure monitoring of operatives for diesel fumes, petrol fumes and laboratory reagents throughout the UK. The assessment provided a comprehensive understanding of employee's likely exposure levels and measures required to ensure they continuous Health and Safety.


– 2017

Kone Plc

Lift shaft maintenance operatives' exposure assessment

Lift shaft maintenance operative's exposure assessment to solvents and lubricants during application in enclosed and poorly ventilated places. We have also carried out evaluation of effectiveness of additional area air filtration during the lubricant application process.


– 2017

Copart Ltd

Site contamination evaluation (Pesticides)

We carried out a site contamination evaluation in order to determine the levels of hazardous contaminants and the likely level of risk they present to the occupants and users. We specified the appropriate decontamination measures for the third-party contractor to ensure safety of the site personnel.


– 2017

Tyco Fire Protection Products

Noise, Fumes and Vibration exposure assessment in a production factory

We were appointed to provide a range of occupation exposure related services ranging from employees' exposure evaluation to solvents, welding fumes and isocyanates, workplace noise exposure assessment, operatives hand and arm vibration assessment to contaminants emissions evaluation during curing processes.


– 2017

Tunstall Healthcare Ltd

Large scale soldering plant occupational exposure assessment

We have completed a comprehensive evaluation of operatives' exposure to various types of soldering fumes in this production facility with the focus on maintenance tasks resulting in some odour issues. We have also provided the client with a comprehensive noise exposure evaluation report.


– 2017

Cambridge constabulary

Employees exposure assessment to lead containing dust

We have been appointed to carry out evaluation of likely employees' exposure levels to lead containing dust extended to full building contamination survey. He have help to quantify employees exposures and recommend the most appropriate measures to eliminate the contact with lead containing dust.


– 2017

Brunetts Manufacturing Ltd

Rubber Fumes and Rubber Dust exposure monitoring

Employees exposure evaluation to rubber fumes, rubber dust and injection mould fumes and thermal decomposition products.


– 2017

Satake Europe Ltd

Organic dust, Solvents and Metal working fluids exposure assessment

We have delivered a comprehensive assessment of employees' exposures to various workplace contaminants present during various stages of the production processes.