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HSE Change in Enforcement Expectations for Mild Steel Welding Fume

4th October 2021
HSE Change in Enforcement Expectations for Mild Steel Welding Fume

The HSE have recently updated legislation on the rules surrounding welding within confined spaces and issued some additional guidance as per the extract below:

 ‘Work involving the use of asphyxiant welding gases whilst persons are in a confined space should be avoided. If such work is essential, effective arrangements will be required to prevent accumulation of the asphyxiant gas and suitable respiratory protective equipment (RPE) will be required. In these circumstances, the RPE should use an independent air supply, i.e. fresh air hose, compressed air line or self-contained breathing apparatus.’

 

For those that may be wondering how to take welding projects forward in the light of this alert, Breathe Safety can help you.

Work involving the use of asphyxiant welding gases whilst persons are in a confined space should be avoided but, if such work is essential, effective arrangements are required to prevent accumulation of the asphyxiant gas and suitable respiratory protective equipment (RPE) is required. In these circumstances, the RPE should use an independent air supply, i.e. fresh air hose, compressed air line or self-contained breathing apparatus.

The alert is very clear and failure to follow the guidelines could result in an Improvement Notice or Prohibition notice. 

From an HSE point of view, this provides clarity that for inert gas welding in a Confined Space, in addition to the ventilation requirements, RPE should be worn with an independent air supply at all times.

We are here to help you keep critical projects on track by providing fully compliant Mobile Breathing Air Systems for these specialist applications.

Breathe Safety Compressor with detachable control panel

Whilst there is a variety of equipment that could be safely used the safest and most user-friendly choice is our BAC Mobile Breathing Air Compressors.

Based on a diesel engine with direct drive to the compressor, all units are automatically fitted with a chalwyn valve and spark arrestor as standard, for automatic shutdown and explosion protection. Constructed to meet the requirements of EN139/EN14594 for Airline Breathing Apparatus units will produce high purity air to the EN12021 standard.

In addition to the compressed air, a high pressure 200 bar cylinder bank provides a secondary air supply which automatically operates in the event of the main supply failing. If the main supply should fail, there is an alarm which simultaneously activates giving an audible and visual warning.

Unique to these compressors is the control panel, which can be removed from the trailer and positioned remotely to just outside the work zone and provide means of entry control for the users.

·       Unlimited air supply – not limited by cylinder duration – important for high air consumption welding RPE

·       EN12021 Monitored Breathable Air – monitored continuously by AirTrack Live Air Quality Monitoring

·       EN14593/4 compliant system with integrated Emergency Air Supply

Integrates with majority of air supplied welding systems

·       Can be used with Luno Positive Pressure Welding Mask

Find out more about our BAC Mobile Breathing Air Compressors here

Read the HSE alert here and here.

For more information, please contact us at sales@breathesafety.com

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