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Weld Fume Control: A Review of OSHA’s Feasible and Effective Control Solutions


11/5/19 12:00 pm to 11/5/19 1:00 pm CST

Event Description

Did you know that inadequate respiratory protection programs (29 CFR 1910.134) continue to be one of OSHA’s top five most frequently cited violations? Taking a proactive approach to providing a clean, comfortable and compliant work environment can play a critical role in your organization’s productivity, retention and, ultimately, bottom line.

Join our experts for this live webinar in which they’ll discuss OSHA’s Hierarchy of Controls and how it can be used to determine an effective action plan in controlling airborne contaminants in your welding environment.

As a participant, you’ll walk away knowing:

  • Common base metals and airborne contaminants associated with welding.
  • OSHA and American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists regulations relevant to airborne contaminants, including occupational exposure limits.
  • How to identify and assess an airborne contaminant problem in your welding environment.
  • How to use the OSHA Hierarchy of Controls to mitigate exposure levels and improve your air quality.
  • Short- and long-term benefits of controlling airborne contaminants in welding environments.


Kathi Abshire, Welding Safety Solutions Manager, Miller Electric Mfg. LLC

Kathi is an experienced sales professional with a solid background in safety and occupational health, working with leading organizations in manufacturing, industrial distribution and environmental management. She has been a co-author in several safety industry association publications, as well as a key note speaker for industry association professional development workshops.

Bert Schiller, Industrial Hygienist, CIH

Bert has more than 35 years of experience with a wide variety of industries. He also worked with OSHA in Michigan for five years and has taught at the University of Michigan for the past five years.

Susan Fiore, Advanced Applications Manager, ITW Hobart Brothers Welding

Susan is a materials engineer with more than 30 years of experience in the welding industry. Her expertise covers a broad range of welding and weldability-related concerns. She has extensive experience with issues related to the weldability of steels and nickel-based alloys, product development, and welding fume mitigation and control. She has worked extensively in the area of weld safety and health. In her current role with Hobart, she works closely with customers to resolve issues and promote new ideas and welding innovations. She is past chair of the American Welding Society Safety and Health Committee, and serves as the chair of the AWS Safety and Health Subcommittee on Fumes and Gases. Before joining Hobart, she worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as a weld safety manager, and at Edison Welding Institute as a project manager and as a senior engineer.

Andy Monk, Bernard Product Line Manager, Miller Electric Mfg. LLC

Andy is a product line manager for semi-automatic products within the commercial and construction/fabrication markets. His primary focus is on the truck/trailer, oil and gas, and light-duty market segments. In this role, Andy is responsible for integrated commercial guns, self-shielded FCAW guns, fume guns, water-cooled guns and semi-auto consumables.


Barry Botino, Associate Editor, Safety+Health magazine.

Barry covers worker safety for Safety+Health.



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