Controlling exposures to prevent occupational lung disease in industry


Breathe Freely in Manufacturing

Manufacturing workers are at high risk from fumes given off by welding and hot cutting processes which give off very fine particles that cause cancer, COPD and an increased susceptibility to pneumonia.


Controlling exposures to

prevent occupational lung

disease in manufacturing

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Guides & Factsheets

Monitoring Exposure to

Welding Fume

Air monitoring and measurement may be needed where there is a serious risk to health from the inhalation of welding fume and the

likely exposure level of the welders to the fume is not known.

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Guidance on Exposure to

Manganese Hazards and Controls

Material being welded and the welding rods contain many substances, one of them is manganese (Mn). There is growing

concern regarding the impact of this metal on human health.

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An Introduction to LEV

Advice on the design and management of LEV systems to help you control workers’ exposure to welding fume and gases.

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The Welding Hierarchy of Control

A prioritised list of control measures to reduce the risk of hazardous exposures in welding.

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Oxford Academic Web Resource

Virtual Issue: Welding and Respiratory Disease

Free access to research papers on respiratory disease and welding from BOHS' journal 'Annals of Work Exposures and Health'

In support of the Breathe freely campaign Oxford Academic have developed a collection which brings together key papers addressing respiratory hazards and welding, and methods for their control. Freely access these articles until 31 May 2018.  More>>

Control Selector tool microsite - online tool & PDFs

Control Selector Tool

This toolkit provides information for managers to better recognise the welding hazards and manage and implement the most appropriate controls through an easy to use online tool.


Click here to visit the microsite

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