New and tight regulation now surrounds welding fume, generated when welding is undertaken indoors or outdoors, as a maintenance team at a golf club may well do. The fume has been classed as a carcinogen, with the capacity to cause lung and kidney cancers. Other conditions linked to it are asthma and neurological diseases similar to Parkinson’s.
The Health and Safety Executive has this year issued strict guidelines on how to control the risk and has brought welding fume into the substances governed by the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH). Risk controls include using alternative cold joining techniques and supplying Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). However, each situation will be different, according to the workshop or environment in which welding takes place, the materials used and the ventilation available.
No matter how little welding your golf club team do, you need to protect any workers, contractors, course players and members of the public from the risk of welding fume. If you do not know where to start with this, just give Gauntlet’s golf club health and safety experts a call on 0113 244 8686.