Last reviewed 29 November 2019

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has revised and updated its guidance on exposure to welding fume.

The update is as a result of the change in relation to the control expectations for exposure to welding fume including that from mild steel welding.

New scientific evidence from the International Agency for Research on Cancer showed that exposure to mild steel welding fume can cause lung cancer and possibly kidney cancer in humans.

The new Control of Substances Hazardous to Health guidance helps to make sure exposure to any welding fume released is adequately controlled.

More information can be found on HSE website pages dedicated to welding here and here.