Synonyms & Trade Names
DOT ID & Guide
See: IDLH INDEX
Physical DescriptionFumes generated by the process of joining or cutting pieces of metal by heat, pressure, or both.
Molecular WeightProperties vary depending upon the specific component of the welding fumes.
Incompatibilities & ReactivitiesVaries
Exposure Routesinhalation, skin and/or eye contact
SymptomsSymptoms vary depending upon the specific component of the welding fumes; metal fume fever: flu-like symptoms, dyspnea (breathing difficulty), cough, muscle pain, fever, chills; interstitial pneumonitis; [potential occupational carcinogen]
Target OrgansEyes, skin, respiratory system, central nervous system
Cancer Site[lung cancer]
Personal Protection/Sanitation(See protection codes)
Wash skin:No recommendation
First Aid(See procedures)
At concentrations above the NIOSH REL, or where there is no REL, at any detectable concentration:
(APF = 10,000) Any self-contained breathing apparatus that has a full facepiece and is operated in a pressure-demand or other positive-pressure mode
(APF = 10,000) Any supplied-air respirator that has a full facepiece and is operated in a pressure-demand or other positive-pressure mode in combination with an auxiliary self-contained positive-pressure breathing apparatus
(APF = 50) Any air-purifying, full-facepiece respirator (gas mask) with a chin-style, front- or back-mounted organic vapor canister having an N100, R100, or P100 filter.
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Any appropriate escape-type, self-contained breathing apparatus
- Page last reviewed:April 11, 2016
- Page last updated:April 11, 2016
- Content source:
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Education and Information Division