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Health effects of welding.

Authors
Antonini-J
Source
American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition, May 21-26, 2005, Anaheim, California. Fairfax, VA: American Industrial Hygiene Association, 2005 May; :1
NIOSHTIC No.
20027280
Abstract
Although welding and its related processes have long been considered a health hazard, a renewed interest in fundamental research has begun to shed new light on the welding processes and materials that are of most concern. More information is being developed into the ways particle size and chemical composition of welding fume vary between welding processes and within a process when different parameters are employed in the type of shielding gas, current, and electrode. In construction, welding issues are compounded by the difficulties of working in temporary work sites making ventilation, especially in confined spaces, and other traditional control measures more difficult. The prospect of new regulatory action for hexavalent chromium and the litigation issues surrounding manganese highlight the need for occupational health and safety professionals to update their knowledge base concerning welding health issues. This roundtable will include discussions of the current understanding of welding health effects and future research directions, typical exposure profiles and exposure assessment practices, state-of-the- art laboratory analysis, and the use of process modification to reduce exposure.
Keywords
Health-hazards; Occupational-health; Welding; Welding-industry; Welders; Welders-lung; Fumigants; Fumes; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Workers; Worker-health; Work-environment; Laboratory-testing; Exposure-levels; Exposure-assessment
CAS No.
18540-29-9; 7439-96-5
Publication Date
20050521
Document Type
Abstract
Fiscal Year
2005
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
NIOSH Division
HELD
Priority Area
Work Environment and Workforce: Mixed Exposures
Source Name
American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition, May 21-26, 2005, Anaheim, California
State
WV
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