Welding Risk and Safety Precautions Welding is a really good blue collar job that pays well, but has its ups and downs. Welders have to deal with hazardous welding fumes that can affect their health in numerous ways. There are several different types of welding fumes and mixtures that a welder can inhale while performing a welding task. A welder’s risk of getting sick from welding depends on the different types of metals being welded and the amount of time a welder is exposed to the fumes that are being created. There are many compositions of welding fumes.
Different mixtures of fumes can form from materials that are on metal like protective coatings that prevent rust such as paint, zinc, grease, and oils. These compounds in themselves have certain reactions that allow small particles to become airborne thus allowing the particles to be inhaled by a welder. According to OSHA “Lead fumes are the worse fume a welder has to deal with, it is also the most common mixture in welding fumes.”(OSHA)
Lead fumes created by welding are some of the worst fumes that a welder could allow into their body. Lead fumes that are a result from welding are caused by lead-based paints, solder, brass and bronze alloys, and protective coating on steel that keeps the metal from corrosion. “Welding fumes that have lead in their composition are the worst type of fumes to inhale.”(OSHA) Lead fumes have been known to cause very serious health problems. Some of the many health risk are lead poisoning and breaking down of the central nervous system, kidneys, digestive system, and mental capacity. Although, lead fumes are really bad most welders who don’t take all proper safety precautions only experience minor symptoms. Some of the minor symptoms include headaches, sore muscles and joints, to stomach cramps, and nausea. Chromium for example is a common fume that a welder has to deal with. “Chromium comes from most stainless-steel and
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