The Practical Guide to Welding Fume Control looks to apply a practical approach to the Hierarchy of Control. In our previous two blogs, we have discussed 1) Mitigation of Risk and 2) Product Controls in relation to the welding industry. This week, we take a look at the importance of Administrative Controls. Procedural controls must be introduced to support product-based controls.
Training and product maintenance
As an employer, once you have selected the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), ‘you must provide the worker with information, training and instruction in the proper use and wearing of that PPE’1. Proper guidance should be given on the storage of equipment and care and maintenance guidelines should be clear and followed.
For Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) systems, you must implement a maintenance and test regime to ensure proper operation.
Ensure you select suppliers who can not only provide equipment, but also administer the required training and support. Also, ensure all required spare parts are readily available and stocked.
Working area considerations
- Minimise work conducted in confined spaces. The product controls outlined in the Practical Guide to Welding Fume Control (including Welding PPE and Local Exhaust Ventilation) are not rated to protect the welders in confined spaces or atmospheres Immediately Dangerous to Life or Health (IDLH). For guidance on these environments please contact AWS (www.awsi.com.au).
- Introduce a dedicated area for welding.
- Control access to the working area.
For more information on administrative controls, including practical guidance on how to identify and work safely within confined spaces, download the full Practical Guide to Welding Fume Control for free below!
1. Welding processes code of practice, Safe Work Australia, May 2018