HSE Welding Fume Inspections… Are you prepared?

The start of the New Year sees the Health & Safety Executive announce they will carry out fabricated metal inspections in the first quarter of 2020.

The inspections will be targeted at the control of exposure to welding fume and metalworking fluids.

It has long been known that welding fumes can have a detrimental effect on health, so it comes as no surprise that any welding fumes (including mild steel) are now classed as carcinogens.

Metalworking fluids, also, have the potential to cause occupational asthma, occupational hypersensitivity pneumonitis and dermatitis.

Will this affect me?

It is your responsibility, as an employer, to ensure you are not only protecting your employee’s welfare, but complying with the law too. Failure to do so could result in a hefty fine!

Helpfully, the HSE have updated their guidance. Please refer to the links below.


Metalworking fluids

How can Fercell help?

As Fercell have been installing, servicing and maintaining ventilation systems for over 40 years, we’re experts in the field of industrial ventilation.

If you’re unsure which type of system you require one our ventilation team will happily advise you, with the option of a site visit to establish the solution is right for you.

No matter the size or type of business, we have the right tools for you to maximise your efficiency and operate safely.

The importance of LEV systems

LEV (local exhaust ventilation) systems are key to controlling toxic fumes or vapour.  And its correct specification, precise installation and effective deployment are essential to achieve optimum control and protection of your employee’s.

Fercell also offer LEV (CoSHH) testing, a legal requirement, which needs to be carried out within every 14 months.  Along with this Fercell are able to provide recommendations for remedying problems, operational improvement and the installation and use of airflow indicators.


Not sure you’ve got the right LEV measures in place to remove any fumes or vapour? Offering a range of equipment, we can design a solution that fits your requirements. Contact our ventilation team on 01622 791414 or email
What is an Airflow Indicator? Fume Extraction