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Document ID (ISN)101074
CIS number 03-312
ISSN - Serial title 1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2000
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Sobaszek A., Boulenguez C., Frimat P., Robin H., Haguenoer J.M., Edme J.L.
Title Acute respiratory effects of exposure to stainless steel and mild steel welding fumes
Bibliographic information Sep. 2000, Vol.42, No.9, p.923-931. 36 ref.
Abstract This study examined the acute respiratory effects of welding fumes by measuring the across-shift changes in a population of 144 stainless steel (SS) and mild steel (MS) welders and 223 controls. Pulmonary function tests were performed at the start and at the end of the work shift. Higher decreases in forced vital capacity (FVC) and in one-second forced expiratory volume (FEV1) were found among SS workers compared to MS welding. Moreover, the across-shift decreases in FEV1 and FVC, were more apparent for the manual metal arc welding process compared to inert gas techniques. It was also found that the years of SS welding exposure had an effect on lung function variations during the work shift. SS welders with 20 years of activity had more significant across-shift decreases than MS welders with a similar length of exposure.
Descriptors (primary) steels; welding fumes; welding and cutting; respiratory impairment; pulmonary function
Descriptors (secondary) shielded-arc welding; manual arc welding; maximal expiratory flow; length of exposure; one-second forced expiratory volume; case-control study; respiratory function tests; stainless steel
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFrance
Subject(s) Metal production and metalworking
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Welding and cutting
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)