On June 1st 2023, Channel 9 News featured a report on welding fume. Some of the key takeaways were:
- Welding fume is a group 1 carcinogen (just like Asbestos and Silica)
- Tens of thousands of workers are still exposed.
- The exposure standard for welding fume has not been updated since 1991 and based on new information there is a push for the exposure standard to be reduced to 1 mg/m3.
- A health register has been established for welders seeking future compensation
should they get sick from welding fume exposure.
- Exposure to welding fume is preventable.
Exposure Standard for
Welding Fume changes
The AMWU is leading a huge push on behalf
of the welding industry for the exposure standard
for welding fume to be lowered from 5mg/m3 to
If successful, this would bring Australia’s exposure
standards more closely in-line with countries like
the Netherlands and Germany. However, what doesthis mean for the welding industry? What can
businesses do to ensure they are prepared for this change?
How can employers ensure they are reducing exposureto as low as reasonably practicable?
Find out insights from AWS on these questions in the White Paper below: