From January inspectors have been targeting sites that carry out metal fabrication looking at the control of exposure to welding fume and metalworking fluids. This will continue into the summer. Information on controlling the risks from these hazardous substances can be found through the inspection programme link below.
The purpose of the Inspection Programme is to target sectors using substances causing cancer, asthma and silicosis to ensure the risks are properly managed. Ill health effects from exposure to these substances can be chronic and life-changing and every year many workers develop occupational asthma or occupational cancer as a result of exposures to substances in their workplace.