HVCA launches welding guide

HVCA Publications, the publishing division of the Heating and Ventilating Contractors’ Association, has launched an updated edition of its guide JS5 Welding Safety in conjunction with the Electrical Contractors’ Association.
The 40-page portable sized booklet offers sound health and safety advice to professional building services engineers on carrying out welding work, and identifies the potential risks and hazards associated with each area of the welding trade, covering gas, bronze, metal welding and cutting. The booklet also defines essential fire precautions and offers guidance on first aid treatment.
Although the principles of welding have not changed dramatically since JS5 Welding Safety was first issued in 1978, this fourth edition has been updated to reflect amendments to health and safety regulations and improvements in the equipment available.
Alan Keating, HVCA Technical & Safety Advisor, commented: “Manual handling, such as moving heavy objects, i.e. gas bottles and transformers, remains one of the biggest causes of injury at work – although it cannot be avoided completely, more attention should be paid to it, in order to create a healthier and safer working environment for everyone.”
JS5 Welding Safety forms part of the HVCA’s ‘Worksafe’ series of publications, which cover technical and safety issues. The booklet has been compiled with the assistance of members of the Mechanical & Electrical, Health, Safety and Environment Committee (MEHSEC) and is available exclusively from HVCA Publications by visiting www.hvca.org.uk/publications or by calling the HVCA Publications order line on 01768 860405.

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