SHEP (Safety and Health Engineering Partnership) is hosting a webinar aimed at helping SMEs ensure they are effectively controlling exposure to metalworking fluids and welding fume from 12.00pm-1.00pm on Tuesday 9th March. The webinar is free to attend and aimed at managers and directors in engineering SMEs.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will be inspecting engineering premises from May to September this year with the main focus being on metalworking fluids and welding fume. This webinar will feature speakers from the HSE and UKLA (United Kingdom Lubricants Association) advising attendees on the measures they should be taking to ensure they are compliant with COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) Regulations.
More details can be found by downloading the flyer and anyone interested in attending can register for a place by following this link.
SHEP was established in 2018 to provide a focus and communications platform for all issues relating to Health and Safety in the Engineering sector, participating Trade Associations and their members. Filtermist has been a keen supporter of the SHEP initiative from its inception and hosted a SHEP seminar on metalworking fluids and welding fume at its premises in Telford in 2019.
Filtermist’s Director of Group Marketing Lydia Barber, who acts as the secretary for SHEP and plays a key role in facilitating SHEP events, comments, “Filtermist originally became involved with SHEP because the HSE was actively targeting metal fabricating premises following the reclassification of mild steel welding fume as a carcinogen in February 2019. We have specialised in industrial air cleaning for over 50 years, and as an active member of many of the trade associations that are part of SHEP, it made sense for us to get involved.
“The event we hosted for SHEP was a great success and we were hoping to run more physical events, but as with many things we have moved our support online. This has actually proved to be more effective as it means we can accommodate more people at each event. 95% of delegates that filled in a feedback form after the 2019 event rated it as ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’, and 71% said they would implement new control measures as a direct result of the information they had received on the day. The content of the March webinar will be very similar to the physical seminar so hopefully people will find it really informative.
“Filtermist’s sales team visits sites across the UK every day, and there are still a number of companies which could improve the quality of their internal air by using effective oil mist and dust extraction. Exposure to airborne particulate can cause a range of occupational diseases including asthma and hypersensitivity pneumonitis – the latest HSE stats show that there are still approximately 12,000 deaths in Great Britain caused by work-related lung diseases every year. Any efforts to raise awareness of the measures that should be taken to combat this in all industries are welcome as far as we’re concerned.”
Please visit www.shepuk.co.uk to find out more about SHEP.