This Technical Guidance Note provides weld fume control guidelines, originally produced as part of a research
project of the Cooperative Research Centre for Materials Welding and Joining in 1997. The aim of the research
was to establish which processes generated fume at levels which would need to be controlled to comply with the
requirements of what is now the national Code of practice – Managing the risks of hazardous chemicals, and to
provide advice on the control measures which could be introduced to achieve this.
This edition of the Fume Minimisation Guidelines also includes comment on the 2017 ruling from IARC (an agency of
the World Health Organisation) in relation to welding fume being reclassified from Group 2B Possibly Carcinogenic to
Humans to Group 1 Carcinogenic to Humans.