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Dangerous substances in welding

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Dangerous substances in welding
  • Germany
Provider: 
Statutory accident insurance association for wood and metal working — BGHM
Available in languages: 
German
English
Description: 

The statutory accident insurance association for wood and metal work (BGHM) has a website dedicated to dangerous substances in welding. On the website, you can find information about the risks posed by hazardous substances in several welding techniques. Information booklets can be downloaded that contain information on the safety evaluation of welders' exposure to hazardous substances and the necessary protective measures required to eliminate or minimise possible hazards during welding activities. Legislation and technical rules, as well as technical papers and scientific papers concerning dangerous substances in welding, can be accessed from the website. You will also find a tool that helps you to assess exposure to welding fumes.

Sector / Industry covered: 
Manufacture of basic metals
Manufacture of fabricated metal products, except machinery and equipment
Repair of fabricated metal products, machinery and equipment
Tasks covered: 
Heating, Machining, or Welding Metal
Biological hazard: 
Not applicable
Hazard - physical state: 
Aerosols
Dusts
Gases
Hazard - health effects: 
Asthmagens
Carcinogens
Mutagens
Reprotoxic substances
Exposure route: 
Inhalation
Substance description
Substance description: 

Welding fumes

Prevention measures: 
Level 2. Technical measures, e.g. local exhaust ventilation
Level 2. Reducing / minimising the risk by organisational measures, e.g. reducing the number of workers exposed
Level 3. Reducing / minimising the risk by personal measures (PPE)
Training / guidance
Purpose of the material: 
General information
Guidance
Risk assessment
Training
Type
Type: 
MS information
Target group: 
Employers
Managers
Occupational health physician
OSH consultant
Researchers
Safety officers
Workers
Workers representatives
Year of publication: 
2017