3. Maintain exposure controls

You must make sure any controls you have to protect your workers from health risks from welding fume remain effective:

  • Follow instructions on how to use equipment
  • Keep equipment in working order
  • If equipment is faulty, repair it straight away
  • Each day look for signs of damage
  • Get a competent ventilation engineer to thoroughly test and examine the LEV system and its performance at least every 14 months 
  • Keep records of all examinations and tests for at least 5 years
  • Review records – failure patterns show where you need to do preventive maintenance
  • Review your controls when anything changes in your workplace

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