Welding Safety White Papers

If you are involved in the welding industry this Welding Safety White Paper page is for you. Here we have compiled our most recent White Papers which tackle key safety issues within the welding trade. AWS was established in 1994 as the sole agent for the 3M Speedglas Welding Equipment Brand in Australia and New Zealand and as a result, has played a key part in the welding industry ever since. As a company which specialises in welding safety equipment, it’s our goal to raise awareness on the important issues that welders face. Below you will find information on a range of topics including welders’ respiratory protection. If you have any further questions or require any assistance please don’t hesitate in getting in touch with the team at AWS.

NEW: A Practical Guide to Welding Fume

There is a critical need to give workplaces clear and practical advice that can help to keep welding fume exposure to an acceptable level.This guide is based on a simple premise - the health risk posed by welding fume is serious, however, keeping yourself safe can be straightforward.Consequently, in this guide, we outline the dangers of welding fume and then give you actionable and practical guidance based specifically on the welding industry.

2020 Welding Fume and Respiratory Protection Survey

Did you know that only 1 in 5 welders feel protected from welding fume at work. We asked over 2,400 welders 10 questions based on the most common misconceptions surrounding welding fume and respiratory protection. Their answers will surprise you! Download the FREE 12 page report here!

2020 Welding Fume Update: The Current State of Play

If you are involved in the welding industry this new white paper released by AWS is a must read. The 2020 Welding Fume Update takes a closer look at a 2019 study on welding fume and lung cancer that pulled together data from over 60 years and over 16 million people worldwide. This paper also reviews what welders and those who employ welders can do in response to this new information.

Welding Fume: A Known Carcinogen

A closer look at the recent reclassification of welding fume as Group 1: Carcinogenic to Humans. This white paper aims to investigate the recent reclassification from an Australian perspective pulling relevant information from multiple sources into one easy to read document, so that employers of welders and welders themselves can make better decisions regarding welding fume and suitable respiratory protective measures. This paper also attempts to raise awareness of workplace cancer risks associated with welding so that welders question and challenge whether they are suitably protected even when operating under the current Australian workplace exposure standards for welding fume.

Why Your Boots Are Not Welding Boots

A closer look at the Welding Processes Code of Practice by Safe Work Australia and how this relates to your work boots. Many large project sites and smaller workshops in Australia have made it mandatory that all workers wear lace-up, zip sided boots to prevent rolled ankles and allow for quick removal. This may make sense for the majority of workers but not for welders.

Hazards of Welding Fume

A closer look at the dangers of welding fume and a strategic approach that can help to reduce exposure. In this white paper we cover what welding fume is, how it’s produced and what it contains. The paper then dives into more serious topics such as the known health effects from welding exposures and takes a look at some strategies that can help to reduce exposure. The welding fume white paper also discusses the differences between the available respiratory protection options to welders including powered air and supplied air welding respirators.