Welding and metal fabrication presents both obvious and hidden issues of industrial hygiene.
Industrial Hygiene in this industry deals with the workplace safety issues beyond the obvious dangers of heat, molten metal, the combustible gases in Oxy-acetylene welding and electrical dangers.
Welding fumes – exposure to them and control of them – are one of the most obvious issues in the industry.
Metal particulates and noxious gases including ozone, nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxide are common concerns.
Exposure to the metals found in welding fumes – zinc, copper, magnesium and cadmium – can cause frequent acute respiratory complaints.
Routine facility assessment and testing and monitoring – and knowing what to test and monitor for – are important to ensure workplace safety.