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Document ID (ISN)101621
CIS number 03-815
ISBN(s) 0-7176-2143-X
Year 2002
Convention or series no. HSE Contract Research Report CRR 388/2001
Health and Safety Executive
Title Fume emissions from resistance welding through adhesives and sealants
Bibliographic information HSE Books, P.O. Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA, United Kingdom, May 2002. vi, 26p. Illus. 8 ref. Price: GBP 10.00.
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Abstract Modern manufacturing practices, especially in the automotive industry, often involve resistance welding through adhesives and sealants. During welding, fumes that are possibly harmful to health may be inhaled by workers. Little is known about the concentration or composition of the fumes emitted, making it difficult to assess the risks to health arising from welding activities. In this study, fume composition data were generated for resistance welding through a representative range of epoxy-based adhesives and polybutadiene-based sealants for the purpose of enabling a comprehensive risk assessment. Benzene, 1,3-butadiene and acrylonitrile were the most harmful compounds identified. However, concentrations were low. Concentrations of carcinogenic polyaromatic hydrocarbons were also low, less than 1µg/m3.
Descriptors (primary) harmful substances; resistance welding; motor vehicle industry; exposure evaluation; welding fumes
Descriptors (secondary) carcinogens; United Kingdom; report; benzene; determination in air; acrylonitrile; adhesives; sealants; permissible levels; butadiene
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Metal production and metalworking
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Exposure evaluation
Motor vehicle manufacturing industry
Welding and cutting