Welding fumes are a known cause of cancer but there's plenty more that can be done to keep workers safe.
Having a recorded history of exposure in the workplace can help access workers compensation owed if workers develop an illness or disease resulting from exposure to welding fumes.
Of course, prevention is better than cure. AMWU members are calling on Safe Work Australia to lower the workplace exposure standard (WES) which sits at 5mg/m³, four to five times the level for welders overseas.
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