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As a precautionary measure due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we have decided to postpone our Manchester event until 2021
We will soon announce the new date of our event.
BOHS, the Chartered Society for Worker Health Protection, has announced details of its programme of free morning seminars focusing on the prevention of occupational lung disease in the manufacturing sector, especially amongst those carrying out welding tasks.
These events are brought to you by the Breathe Freely in Manufacturing campaign and Plymovent in a variety of locations across the UK, starting from Birmingham on the 19th of February 2020. The campaign has been raising awareness about occupational lung disease in manufacturing since 2017 in partnership with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Make UK (former EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation), TWI, TUC, JCB, Toyota and BAE Systems.
The roadshows are being presented at a time of growing synergy in collective efforts to tackle life-threatening lung diseases caused by exposures to welding fume.
Key milestones have included the following:
Who should attend?
Anyone who needs to keep abreast of these changes, and in particular people with health and safety roles in the manufacturing industry and those responsible for managing welders and protecting workers’ health should attend.
What will the sessions offer?
Neil Pickering, Group Director, Health, Safety & Environment at JCB and Chair of the Breathe Freely in Manufacturing Campaign said
“If you are working in the manufacturing industry, these sessions will help to improve your understanding of how best to protect workers’ respiratory health. Register now to reserve your place via the Breathe Freely in Manufacturing website.”
Tony Ashall, Business Director UK and Ireland at Plymovent said
“Plymovent has been protecting welders and their colleagues from Welding Fume for over 40 years. The recent acknowledgement by the UK regulatory authorities that exposure to welding fume may create an increased risk of developing cancer has heightened people’s awareness of problems inherent in the welding process. Plymovent is pleased to sponsor and support this new round of Breathe Freely seminars which explore the techniques required to provide Clean at Work for those involved in the welding industry. Each session will include a question and answer session to help you find the best solution. Good advice is free and impartial at these sessions and we look forward to welcoming you.”
Mike Calcutt, Head of HSE’s Occupational Hygiene team said
“The start of 2020 has seen inspectors focus on the control of exposures to welding fume and metalworking fluids. If you are visited by an HSE inspector, they will expect you to demonstrate how you are protecting your workers’ health and managing the risks. The Breathe Freely in Manufacturing roadshows will highlight important information and best practice in controlling exposures to substances that can cause significant harm.”
Roadshows postponed until 2021- updates soon
Welding Fume Control Selector Tool
This web-tool is designed to complement the information on the Breathe Freely in Manufacturing webpages. It provides guidance on welding fume control for common welding tasks. A panel of experts from industry, consultancies, academia and the HSE formed a working group to create this web-tool in order to inform managers and supervisors of welders about the best welding fume controls available to protect their health.
Breathe Freely is a BOHS initiative,
aimed at reducing occupational lung
disease in the UK, which causes
significant debilitating ill-health and
an estimated 13,000 deaths per year.
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