Health Risks Associated With Welding Smoke
What health risks does welding involve?
Many welding rods contain a high amount of manganese that helps strengthen the bond of the metals that are being joined. While the extra strength being created by manganese is great for a producing a quality product, the fumes and smoke that comes as a byproduct of the welding process is extremely hazardous to yourself, your workers, and/or your students. If proper filtration is not done, the gases can overpower the oxygen in the air making it difficult to breathe. The ACGIH (American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists) lists the threshold limit for manganese at 0.2 mg/m3, yet the OSHA standards allows up to 5.0 mg/m3. Although manganese is the most common other toxins that are release are: zinc, cadmium, mercury, lead, and carbon monoxide.
Many of the symptoms associated with extended exposure to high level of exposure manganese include : tremors, shakes, loss of balance, slower response speed, trouble walking, slurred speech, extreme drowsiness, or night time leg cramps. Many of these symptoms are very similar to those of Parkinson’s Disease, although no evidence has linked the two together. This alone shows the importance of protecting yourself along with everyone that might come in contact with the welding smoke.
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