At my work we do MIG welding and grinding in the manufacturing of semi-trailers, but the fumes are not adequately captured... can you provide any info about mitigating the problem?
Welding fumes are a known cause of cancer but there's plenty that can be done to keep workers safe.
We think you’ll find WorkSafe Victoria’s guidance Controlling exposure to welding fumes contains all the information you’re looking for.
It includes information on reducing risks associated with MIG (metal inert gas) welding, including:
- Welding fumes composition
- Health effects of welding fumes
- How to control exposure to welding fumes
- Welding in confined spaces
- Exposure standards for welding fumes
- Atmospheric monitoring
- Health monitoring
- OHS Legislation
You may also find our webpage Welding - what are the issues? helpful. It includes links to further resources and information.
If you work involves welding in confined spaces, such as pressure vessels, please also refer to our Confined Spaces and Confined Spaces & Poorly Ventilated Areas webpages. They contain additional information on the very serious risks associated with welding in a confined space.