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Lincoln Electric Launches Welding Fume Awareness Campaign

Lincoln Electric, Automation Division

The Lincoln Electric Company has launched its “Are You Ready?” awareness campaign, designed to educate employers, as well as the general welding community, about effective fume control practices. The campaign is also designed to help fabricators understand both recent and upcoming Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) regulations, including the hexavalent chromium standards going into effect on May 31, 2010.
 
The campaign promotes welding fume control and safety awareness and offers access to a comprehensive one-stop shop of reference materials, interactive tools and product solutions for weld fume control. This Lincoln Electric initiative is intended to educate the welding community on current and pending OSHA regulations and the proper operating practices to follow, particularly in reference to occupational exposure to welding fume containing hexavalent chromium and manganese.
 
Although arc welding is a safe process when sufficient measures are taken to protect the welder from potential hazards, Lincoln Electric has made it an integral part of the company’s welding training mission to promote welding safety. The company publishes welding safety documents for the welding community and continuously trains welding operators regarding proper welding techniques, processes and resources. 
 
The first resource available to launch the “Are You Ready?” campaign is the interactive Web site at: http://www.lincolnelectric.com/weld-fume-control. 

The Web site is a resource for individuals seeking more information on methods of welding fume control which may be implemented to address OSHA regulations. It will also provide links to materials, including articles, white papers and videos along with other valuable tools and information pertaining to weld fume control, welder safety and solutions offered by Lincoln Electric.


Employers can also submit questions regarding OSHA regulations by sending a message to a team of knowledgeable Lincoln Electric personnel at weldfumecontrol@lincolnelectric.com, which was established as part of the “Are You Ready?” campaign.
 
For more information on general welding safety, visit  www.lincolnelectric.com/safety.

The Lincoln Electric Company, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, is the world leader in the design, development and manufacture of arc welding products, robotic arc welding systems, fume extraction equipment and plasma and oxyfuel cutting equipment. The company holds a leading global position in the brazing and soldering alloys market.
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