AWS- EWH-3 Effects of Welding on Health


This literature review has been prepared for the Safety and Health Committee of the American Welding Society to provide an assessment of current knowledge of the effects of welding on health, as well as to aid in the formulation of a research program in this area, as part of an ongoing program sponsored by the Committee. Previous work has included studies of fumes and gases, radiation, and noise generated during various forms of arc welding. Conclusions based on this review and recommendations for further research are presented in Section 5 of the report. Section 1 summarizes the occupational exposures. Sections 2 and 3 contain information related to the effects of exposure to byproducts of welding operations on humans and laboratory animals. Section 4 covers in vitro studies. Referenced materials are available from the Franklin Institute. 1979-1980 ISBN 0-87171-226-1

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