Cutting metals

There are several metal cutting processes which produce fumes and health effects similar to welding fume.

Fume generated by these processes has not been classified as carcinogenic. The fume, however, is a substance hazardous to health and subject to the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH).

If the process is remotely operated the control measures should be the same as for other workers in the area.

If the process is not carried out by remote operation and the operator is exposed to the fume generated, you should provide adequate control of exposure to a similar standard as you would for welding processes.

Common cutting processes include:

Updated 2021-08-23