EU survey on carcinogenic welding fumes

Following the IIW and the EWA, the DVS has now also called upon its members to participate in the survey of the European Commission regarding the consequences of a carcinogen classification of all welding fumes. Other associations such as BDI, VDMA, DECHEMA, STAHL, etc. are also in the planning stage. Talks are also being held with the „member state authorities“, i.e. the BMAS.

What is the background for this survey?

The survey will run until March 27, 2023, and depending on how „threatening“ companies describe the impact of the planned regulatory changes, the EU will weigh the pros and cons of specific OEL options.

At this point, it is not clear how drastic the OEL changes will be. The formulations of Luca Costa, as CEO of the IIW, are probably most apt here:
„The introduction of new Occupational Exposure Limits (OELs) and limit values for workers exposed to carcinogens, mutagens or reprotoxic substances, including welding fumes, could have far-reaching consequences for the industry and the whole welding sector.“

Importantly for us, the term „welding fume“ used here extends well beyond MIG/MAG welding; the study specifies the following scope:

„Welding“ fumes is defined (by ECHA, 2022) as fumes from the following activities:


Link to the DVS survey:
Jetzt an EU-Umfrage zu Arbeitsplatzgrenzwerten teilnehmen - DVS - Deutscher Verband für Schweißen und verwandte Verfahren e.V.:

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