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WHEC WEBINAR: Assessment of evidence of welding fume as carcinogenic to humans. (Thursday 7 December 2023)

WHEC will be presenting their findings on the strength of the evidence on the carcinogenicity of welding fume.


13:00-14:00  7th December: Assessment of the strength of evidence underpinning the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) reclassification of welding fume as carcinogenic to humans.

Join us via Teams at 13:00 Thursday 7th December.

Register here:

Please note: this seminar will be recorded and made available with captions after the event.

There will be a short question and answer session with the WHEC speakers at the end of the seminar.

About this event

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) reviewed the data on the carcinogenicity of welding fume. HSE requested the opinion of the Workplace Health Expert Committee (WHEC) who will be presenting their latest findings on the strength of the evidence, particularly on whether a distinction should be made between fumes from different types of metal or different processes. WHEC concluded that all welding fumes cause lung cancer and possibly kidney cancer, and that it is not possible to identify specific welding processes or base metals that give rise to this risk. UV exposure from arc welding processes causes melanoma in the eye and may also increase the risk of skin cancer.

“The increased risk of lung cancer in welders is well recognised, but until recently it was considered a risk primarily of stainless steel welding, as well as bystander exposures, particularly to asbestos. This WHEC review of recent published scientific evidence has confirmed the conclusions of a recent IARC report that the increased risk of lung cancer is unlikely to be limited to these exposures and that no distinction can be made between different types of welding or the different metals welded in increasing the risk of lung cancer. The important implication is that in implementing measures to control levels of exposure to welding fume no distinction can be made between different welding processes or the metals welded.”

Professor Sir Anthony Newman-Taylor, Chair WHEC.

Download the report here: Assessment of the strength of evidence underpinning the IARC reclassification of welding fume as carcinogenic to humans

Speakers: Workplace Health Expert Committee (WHEC)

The development of policy in HSE needs to be informed by the best available contemporary scientific evidence.

HSE formed WHEC to provide independent expert advice on:

  • new and emerging workplace health issues
  • new and emerging evidence relating to existing workplace health issues
  • the quality and relevance of the evidence base on workplace health issues

Find out more about Workplace Health Expert Committee (WHEC) here: WHEC


John Cherrie is Emeritus Professor of Human Health at Heriot Watt University and former Research Director at the Institute of Occupational Medicine in Edinburgh. He has been an exposure scientist since 1979, in a wide range of research and teaching. John is a member of the WHEC and the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council. He has carried out several research projects on welding fume exposure.

Len Levy OBE is Emeritus Professor of Environmental Health at the University of Cranfield. Prior to this he was Head of Toxicology and Risk Assessment at the UK Medical Research Council’s Institute for Environment and Health at the University of Leicester.

He is an occupational and environmental toxicologist and risk assessor, and holds a PhD in experimental pathology from the Institute of Cancer Research in London. He has held academic positions at the University of Aston and the University of Birmingham’s Institute of Occupational Health, where he was Reader in Occupational Health, continuing his research into the causes and mechanisms of occupational cancer.

Other communications activity (articles etc):

  1. Cherrie JW, Levy L: Managing Occupational Exposure to Welding Fume: New Evidence Suggests a More Precautionary Approach is Needed. Ann Work Expo Health 2020, 64(1):1-4.

ACPOHE Webinar: DisAbility Series – Neurodiversity in the Workplace – 13 December 2023

Registration is now open for the fourth of our ACPOHE/DisAbility webinars which will be about Neurodivergence in the workplace.

The webinar will cover what neurodivergence is, lived experience examples, problems & barriers encountered in the workplace, and solutions. This will include how we can make the OH experience more accessible for a Neurodivergent service user.

Neurodiversity in the Workplace

Date: Wednesday 13th December 2023

Time: 13:00 – 14:00

Theme: Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging

Location: Teams webinar

Speakers: Greet Janssens, Angela Webster, Steph Phillips

Everyone is welcome! Please share this invitation with your colleagues and friends. The webinar is free and will be recorded. A link will be made available afterwards on our webinars page for you to watch if you can’t make it.

Link for more info and registration:

Question Time Webinar: 18 October 2023 from 1215-1315 – Video available now!

We held our latest panel webinar on 18th October and attached is the video for your information.

SEQOHS standards have been revised and launched in June 2023. With only weeks to go before they go live, we will be discussing with our panel, the relevance of SEQOHS standards in a multi-professional speciality, the drivers to become SEQOHS accredited, what the future holds for the quality scheme and is it the answer to elevating quality in the speciality. Join us live or register via the link below to get access to the recording afterwards.

Please do share this with your members and colleagues. 


Council4WH Panel Webinar (2)

SOM: Occupational Health Awareness Week: 18-24 September 2023

SOM:  Occupational Health Awareness Week – Monday 18  – Friday 24 September 2023
The focus of the week is to provide resources for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), who are five times less likely to use occupational health (OH) than large businesses – to better inform SMEs of the role and value of OH.
SOM has produced a 15-minute and 2-minute film that introduces OH to SMEs at, while COHPA is publishing a new Guide to OH for SMEs.
Please put this on your website and do share!
These free resources are available for all to use, distribute and share, to promote on social media or to your clients. For information and free resources (such as posters) for council for work and health members, visit here and here

ACPOHE’s DisAbility series of webinars: The disabled young person’s journey into the workspace & further education: 12:00 – 13:00 on 21/09/23

ACPOHE’s DisAbility series of webinars: The disabled young person’s journey into the workspace & further education: 12:00 – 13:00 on 21/09/23
Join us for the second webinar in the ACPOHE/DisAbility collaboration which focuses on the disabled young person. The webinar has been co-written with the Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists (APCP) who will also be hosting.

The Disabled young person’s journey into the workspace and further education will look at:
  •     Moving from a nurturing environment into work/ higher education
  •     Issues faced: career choices, other options apart from traditional routes
  •     Empowering the young person and parents: if you can see it, you can be it
  •     Toolkits: exploring and establishing strengths, challenges and support
  •     The art of resilience & managing barriers
  •     Outside of family and school, who can help?
  •     Ideas of how to influence employer and employees
  •     Case study

Occupational Health Awareness Week 2023 (18-24 September)

SOM and COHPA are once again joining forces to promote occupational health to a broader audience through Occupational Health Awareness Week 2023, which will run from 18-24th September.

The focus of this year’s OHAW will be providing resources for the OH sector to better engage small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), who are 5 times less likely to have OH support than large businesses. Our aim is to support the OH sector to better inform SMEs of the role and value of occupational health.

SOM and COHPA will both be launching new pages on their websites for SME audiences. SOM is producing a 15-minute film that introduces OH to SMEs, while COHPA is publishing a new Guide to OH for SMEs. These resources will be available for all in the OH sector to use, distribute and share, and will be tailored to an audience of SME business owners, managers and HR leads. SOM and COHPA will also be launching a new short-film (2-mins) to promote OH to SMEs, which will be promoted on social media via a digital marketing campaign.

Another aspect of this year’s OHAW will be training and recruitment, with a 5-part blog series focused on driving the pipeline of human resources in occupational health.

Events and activities in and around OHAW include:

Last year there was a significant buzz on social media during OHAW and we would encourage all SOM and COHPA members to join the conversation again this year on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. The hashtags this year will be #ohaw2023 and #occupationalhealthawareness, and a suggested content calendar and graphics will be circulated in advance of OHAW.

Health & Wellbeing at Work 12-13 March 2024

Health & Wellbeing at Work is the UK’s longest standing event dedicated to improving the health, wellbeing, safety, behaviour and culture of today’s workforce.

After almost two decades, Health & Wellbeing at Work continues to lead the way in championing emerging trends, themes and issues and is proudly supported each year by some of the industry’s most-renowned organisations and associations.  The Council for Work & Health are proud to partner with Health and Wellbeing at Work on their 2024 conference.  To join us on the 12-13 March 2024, register your interest here and follow the event on LinkedIn and X to be kept up to date in the build up to the event and hear when The Council for Work & Health conference sessions are announced.  Health and Wellbeing at Work is now part of MA Exhibitions, a division of Mark Allen Group.



ACPOHE – RESEARCH CAFE: 17 August 2023

Research Café: A brief guide to producing an academic poster – on 17/08/23
Join us and ACPOHE committee member Leonard Joseph for our next Research Café: A brief guide to producing an academic poster.
If you’re attending our Study Day in November this Research Café may be of special interest to you as we’re inviting any Study Day participant to showcase a poster for the day. So join us for our top tips to help you understand how to create the best posters.
Aim: To share some insights into producing an academic poster for sharing your good practice and research
What the session will include:
The session will explore various aspects of producing a good academic poster.  The contents to be discussed include
  • Making a great academic poster
  • Deciding on the various sections of the academic poster
  • Academic poster layout and structure
  • Academic posters – some good and bad examples
  • Few extra tips on “Preparing Versus Presenting” an academic poster for a conference 

Format of the session: Brief presentation + Discussion + Activities + Question/Answer

ACPOHE STUDY DAY 2023 – Friday 17 November 2023

We’re delighted to let you know that our DISCOUNTED EARLY BIRD TICKET for our Study Day 2023 at the University of Birmingham are now available!
This is a full day of CPD for just £60(ACPOHE members) and £110 (non-members) – price valid until 4th September!
Space is limited, so get your ticket now to secure your place. Everyone is welcome!

This year’s theme is BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS, focusing on obstacles that can limit practice in Occupational Health and Ergonomics. Join us to explore strategies and solutions that empower and assist individuals in these contexts.

We will have experts on hand to provide a quick update on SEQOHS standards, HCPC standards and legal aspects in occupational health.

This year we will have plenty of opportunity for networking and the afternoon will be filled with interactive workshops to help you develop your skills and learn how to break down the barriers that many find in running a business or working in occupational health and ergonomics.

Click on the link below to see full details about the day including how to submit a poster presentation and how to get to the venue.