Metalworking facilities and welding shops must be diligent in controlling dust and fumes containing harmful metal particulate that are produced during metalworking processes such as welding, thermal cutting, sanding and polishing. Fortunately, there are proven controls to maintain a healthy work environment.
According to OSHA, acute exposure to various welding fume can result in eye, nose and throat irritation, dizziness and nausea. Prolonged exposure to welding fume may cause lung damage and various types of cancer, including lung, larynx and urinary tract. Health effects from certain fumes may include metal fume fever, stomach ulcers, kidney damage and nervous system damage. And prolonged exposure to manganese fume can cause Parkinson’s–like symptoms.
OSHA also notes that gases such as helium, argon, and carbon dioxide displace oxygen in the air and can lead to suffocation, particularly when welding in confined or enclosed spaces.
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The EN 388 standard represents the most sweeping revisions to this fundamental mechanical hand protection benchmark in over 13 years. The new standards are reflected in a new pictogram that is explained in detail in this guide.