Through this campaign, we aim to effect improvements in respiratory health protection for workers in the manufacturing sector, focusing in particular on the vital area of welding.
Welding is one of the top ten causes of work-related cancer, causing an estimated 152 deaths a year in the UK. Also, welding is associated with numerous other severe health conditions, such as asthma, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), metal fume fever and effects on the nervous system as well as short-term irritation of the throat and lungs, and reduced lung function.
Welding Fume Control Selector Tool
An integral part of the manufacturing campaign, the tool was created by a working group of experts from industry, consultancies, academia and the HSE in an effort to provide simple guidance for managers and supervisors of welders about the best controls available for common welding tasks.
In November 2019 the Welding Fume Control Selector Tool received official commendation in the Healthy Workplaces Good Practice Awards from the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, another big, proud moment for the Breathe Freely Campaign.