Prevent Pneumococcal Disease in Welders

In May 2015, there was an outbreak of pneumococcal pneumonia infection among the welders at

Belfast’s Harland and Wolff dockyard. Public Health Ireland subsequently recommended

vaccinations against the pneumococcal bug to all welders in the organisation with

over 450 staff being offered the injection.


People who are exposed to welding fumes at their work are more at risk of this infection.

The disease is spread by close contact through cold and sneezes and can cause serious illnesses

ranging from sinusitis, ear infections to more worryingly, pneumonia, meningitis and blood-poisoning.

Vaccination is preventive against the pneumococcal bug and workers exposed to welding fumes

should be offered the jab.


OHSAS can deliver these vaccination services to welders on site, with minimal disruption to the working day.

Can your organisation run the risk of welders becoming unwell with this disease, when it is entirely preventable?

Prevent pneumococcal disease in welders – ask OHSAS to vaccinate today!


Please contact OHSAS external business unit on

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