Welding fumes: Health risk, legal obligations and controls

A webinar with Dr Tim Driscoll (University of Sydney) and Alex Simovski (WorkSafe).
Date and time

Thursday 28 Oct 2021 at 10.30am to 11.15am


Webinar (online event)

Event details

Welding is a common process in many industries including manufacturing, maintenance and construction.  Welding fumes are carcinogenic and industry needs to understand and control the risks.   An Epidemiologist, Occupational Hygienist and Welding Inspector will help you to understand what the health effects are and the risk to health with welding work, how do I meet my legislative obligations and what good controls look like in a workplace.


  • Dr Tim Driscoll
  • Alex Simovski
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Dr Tim Driscoll - Professor in the Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney

Dr Tim Driscoll is an occupational epidemiologist and a specialist in occupational and environmental medicine and public health medicine. He is Professor in the Sydney School of Public Health at the University of Sydney. Tim’s main areas of interest include the burden of occupational disease and injury; occupational cancer and exposure to occupational carcinogens; occupational lung disease; and improving the communication of epidemiological principles and findings to the general public. He leads the occupational risk factors expert working group in the Global Burden of Disease study.

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Alex Simovski - Senior Occupational Hygienist, WorkSafe Victoria

Alex Simovski is a senior occupational hygienist and inspector with WorkSafe Victoria.  He has been with WorkSafe for approximately 32 years. Alex previously worked as an analytical chemist with Kodak Australasia, The Department of Agriculture and the State Forensic Science Laboratories.

Alex has a Bachelor of Applied Science majoring in chemistry, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Surface Chemistry and has completed courses in occupational hygiene and toxicology.