Lincoln Electric, as a supplier of fume exhaust equipment, is working to ensure manufacturers are aware of the EPA MFHAP – NESHAPS rule. As such, the firm cannot directly assist a fabricator with their compliance efforts regarding this regulation. However, Lincoln Electric can act as a reference to assist fabricators to gather the right materials, identifying potential solutions in a welding management plan and periodically conduct informal audits of welding fume solutions in place to suggest paths for improvement to allow the fabricator to adhere to these regulations.
In some cases, a welding process change and the use of a weld fume control solution can be part of this plan. In other cases or situations, welding procedural development may be required, in the form of recommendations for different welding electrodes, wire or shielding gases.
In any case, it is an urgent matter for fabricators to learn more about these regulations, determine what their path will be, seek help if necessary and begin filing the appropriate documentation. Delaying will only make the effort more difficult.
Fabricators should be aware that resources are available for their use.
This summary of governmental regulations is provided for informational purposes only. Customers should consult with legal counsel in order to determine which regulations apply to their operations and what must be done to comply with those regulations.