The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has recently published Monograph 118. Welding fumes are included here as a Group 1 carcinogen – a topic which has elicited discussion and concern in manufacturing industries. Fronius was keen to look at this area more closely. With this in mind, Geoff Melton , Chair of the Occupational Health and Safety Committee at the International Institute of Welding (IIW) and expert in arc welding processes was invited for an interview.
Geoff Melton: Since graduating from the University of St Andrews in Scotland with a degree in Physics and Electronics, Geoff Melton has worked in welding research and development for nearly 40 years. He is a Technology Manager at TWI in Cambridge, UK, and is the Chairman of the Technical Commission VIII for Health, Safety and Environment of the International Institute of Welding (IIW). The recommendations issued by the IIW play an important role in the definition of national and international regulations - for example on the subject of welding fumes.