ILO Home
Go to the home page
Site map | Contact us Franšais | Espa˝ol

CISDOC database

Document ID (ISN)37044
CIS number 82-236
ISSN - Serial title 0002-8894 - American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal
Year 1981
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Wilson J.D., Stenzel M.R., Lombardozzi K.L., Nichols C.L.
Title Monitoring personnel exposure to stainless steel welding fumes in confined spaces at a petrochemical plant
Bibliographic information June 1981, Vol.42, No.6, p.431-436. Illus. 10 ref.
Abstract Analyses for total chromium (Cr), hexavalent Cr, nickel, iron, copper and total particulates were carried out on 35 area samples from a maintenance shop in which welding operations were performed, on 7 personal samples taken during open air welding in the shop, and on 69 samples taken during welding in confined spaces such as distillation towers. The level of metal fume exposure of the general maintenance shop population was minimal. Exposures in the maintenance shop during open air welding were also low when compared to current permissible exposure levels. Contaminant levels found in confined space welding were excessive, and a mandatory air-line respirator programme for all employees entering confined spaces during stainless steel welding operations was implemented.
Descriptors (primary) work in confined spaces; welding and cutting; welding fumes; metal fumes
Descriptors (secondary) shielded-arc welding; iron; nickel; copper; chromium; respirable dust; exposure evaluation; airline respirators; petrochemical industry; plasma arc welding and cutting
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Metal production and metalworking
Broad subject area(s)
Browse category(ies) Welding and cutting
Confined spaces