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Respiratory hazards of welding.

Authors
Martin-CJ; Guidotti-TL
Source
Clin Pulm Med 1997 Jul; 4(4):194-204
NIOSHTIC No.
20029658
Abstract
Welding produces a variety of substances toxic to the respiratory tract. A thorough occupational history, based on an understanding of the various work processes, is essential to the prompt identification of potential welding-associated hazards. Several key questions can establish if the worker has been exposed to some of the more potent airborne emissions from welding. Although this trade is not associated with extraordinary morbidity and mortality in occupational health statistics, a wide variety of acute and chronic respiratory disorders are recognized. There is considerable overlap in the presentation of several of the acute disorders, frequently posing a diagnostic dilemma. The health hazards of welding are changing with the evolution of increasingly sophisticated technologies. Although exposure to welding fumes in general is associated with a 30% to 40% increased mortality from lung cancer, it remains controversial whether or not stainless steel welders are at heightened risk.
Keywords
Occupational-hazards; Welding; Welding-industry; Welders; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Respiratory system disorders; Job analysis; Airborne particles; Welding fumes; Stainless steel; Lung cancer
CODEN
CPMEF2
CAS No.
12597-68-1
Publication Date
19970701
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
1997
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-T01-CCT-310455
Issue of Publication
4
ISSN
1068-0640
Source Name
Clinical Pulmonary Medicine
State
WV
Performing Organization
West Virginia University, School of Medicine, Institute of Occupational and Environmental Health, Morgantown, West Virginia
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