Welding fumes can cause serious health problems for workers if inhaled, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Short-term exposure can result in nausea, dizziness, or eye, nose, and throat irritation. Prolonged exposure to welding fumes can lead to cancer of the lung, larynx and urinary tract, as well as the nervous system and kidney damage.
The OSHA recommends that welders do the following to lower their exposure to welding gases and fumes:
- When working outside, stay upwind of welding fumes.
- When working inside, always use available ventilation systems and make sure other workers are clear of exhaust ports.
- Use respiratory protection in situations where ventilation or other precautions don’t sufficiently lower the risk of fume exposure.
- Keep welding surfaces clean and free of coatings that may cause exposure to toxic fumes.
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