There are estimated to be up to 80,000 welders in the UK. And every day these workers come into contact with welding fume. Whether it is a full-time occupation, or just part of a job function, it has been shown that welding fume can be harmful to health, and in 2017 the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) officially confirmed that welding fume can be carcinogenic.
The risks vary from industry to industry, depending on the type of work and materials.
For example, welders in shipbuilding, construction, machinery manufacturing and the repair of transport equipment have a higher risk of lung cancer than welders in vehicle manufacturing.
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