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Document ID (ISN)104679
CIS number 06-144
ISSN - Serial title 1077-3525 - International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2004
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Sj÷gren B.
Title Fluoride exposure and respiratory symptoms in welders
Bibliographic information July-Sep. 2004, Vol.10, No.3, p.310-312. 19 ref.
Internet access http://www.ijoeh.com/pfds/1003_Sjogren.pdf [in English]
Abstract Welders inhale gases and respirable particles. To investigate the relationship between fluoride exposure and respiratory symptoms in welders using basic electrodes containing calcium fluoride, 63 railroad track welders were interviewed. Fluoride was measured in post-shift urine samples. Seventeen welders reported respiratory symptoms related to welding fume exposures. Respiratory symptoms were somewhat more common with increasing concentrations of fluoride in urine. The association between welding fume exposure and respiratory symptoms seems related more to fluorides than to other particles among welders using basic electrodes.
Descriptors (primary) fluorides; welding fumes; respiratory diseases; welding electrodes
Descriptors (secondary) track operations; determination in urine; exposure evaluation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSweden
Subject(s) Metal production and metalworking
Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Halogens and their inorganic compounds
Welding and cutting
Inorganic substances