Elements present in welding fume which result in severe medical issues:Fumes from welding work emit numerous substances which can result in a host of serious medical issues. Below is a list hazards present in welding fumes:
- Zinc: Exposure to fumes can cause what is referred to as metal fume fever. Symptoms of metal fume fever include chills, nausea, general fatigue, and general bodily weakness.
- Iron Oxide exposure: Deposited in the lungs can result in lung cancer and respiratory failure.
- Lead Exposure: Long term intake of fumes containing lead can lead to severe anemia, general muscle weakness and severe effect on the central nervous system.
- Beryllium Exposure: Can lead to chemical pneumonia, shortness of breath, and severe weight loss.
- Other chemicals in welding fumes resulting in severe medical complications include: Fluorides, Chlorinated hydrocarbon solvents, carbon monoxide, phosgene, and nitrogen oxides.
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