Welding processes generate significant occupational and environmental pollutants and hazards. The common pollutants from the welding processes include metal fumes, particulate matter and gas by-products. Epidemiological studies have shown a number of health effects on welders from short-term and long-term exposure to welding fumes. This article is the first to integrate scientific results, mainly from epidemiological studies, focusing on metals from different welding processes associated with well-studied and emerging diseases/health conditions. An understanding of possible adverse health effects of exposure to welding metal fumes is important to develop prevention strategies that benefit and impact workers’ health.
Subedi, Shobha; Jeng, Anna; and Bush, Danielle
"Metal Fumes from Welding Processes and Health Impact,"
Virginia Journal of Public Health: Vol. 3:
1, Article 4.
Available at: https://commons.lib.jmu.edu/vjph/vol3/iss1/4