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> dust masks
post May 10 2018, 02:46 PM
Joined: 18-Jan 18

I've been issued an ffp3 face mask but have failed the face fit test and have not been issued any adequate PPE for over 6 months. just wanted to know can I be disciplined for refusing to weld? cheers lads
Uncle D
post May 11 2018, 02:54 PM
Joined: 9-May 04

Have a read of this.....
Gouging The Gap
post May 11 2018, 10:20 PM
Joined: 20-May 05

Might be wrong as not in the Uk but I thought RPE was now manditory PPE for Welders.....
post May 12 2018, 08:09 AM
Joined: 18-Jan 18

cheers appreciate it
lacka fusion
post May 12 2018, 05:22 PM
Joined: 22-Jan 10

welding fumes have now been classed as carcinogenic--ie--likely ,or has the potential to cause cancer. your company should be providing you with the ppe required to prevent harm . have a look here http://www.hse.gov.uk/welding/illness.htm. even show this to your company.
post May 20 2018, 02:47 AM
Joined: 14-Jan 07

@Aerowelder96 - what you describe is completely illegal nonsense. "Failed a Face fit test"??? Familiar error - they are taking it the most specific clause has precedence. Legally nonsense. The most general higher requirement of the Law - the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 - has dominating precedence over Regulations, guidelines, suggested practices.
Obviously you are in a difficult position that your employers are deluding themselves and they are not likely to be happy to be told that.
So, the law as I understand it - if you need a piece of equipment, it is their obligation to find equipment which is suitable.
Try Some Welding (now Coded MIG welder(!))
post May 21 2018, 07:30 AM
Joined: 18-Nov 03

LEV before PPE - simple as that.
The employer must provide suitable Local Extraction before relying on dishing out dust masks to their employees.
Uncle D
post May 21 2018, 07:55 AM
Joined: 9-May 04

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