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Document ID (ISN)77950
CIS number 02-214
ISSN - Serial title 1877-7856 - Encyclopédie médico-chirurgicale
Year 2001
Convention or series no. Fascicule 16-538-B-10
Author(s) Thaon I., Guillemin M., Gonzalez M., Cantineau A.
Title Toxic hazards and occupational diseases related to the soldering of metals
Original title Risques toxiques et pathologies professionnelles liés au soudage métallique [in French]
Bibliographic information Toxicologie-Pathologie professionnelle, 3rd Quarter 2001, No.132, 9p. Illus. 59 ref.
Abstract Many workers are involved in soldering activities, either full-time or occasionally. Soldering methods vary considerably, whether they are automated or manual. The composition of the soldering fumes varies as a function of the method used, the metals to be soldered and their possible coatings. Among the diseases observed, respiratory diseases (asthma, Brooks' syndrome, chronic obstructive bronchitis, siderosis) represent an important part. The role of soldering fumes in the occurrence of broncho-pulmonary cancers is the object of discussion concerning the possible confounding factors of smoking and exposure to asbestos. As a consequence, preventive measures involve using the least hazardous soldering method, collecting the smoke and avoiding work in confined spaces.
Descriptors (primary) toxic effects; France; welding and cutting; metal fumes; respiratory diseases
Descriptors (secondary) asbestos; smoking; bronchitis; asthma; bronchial cancer; data sheet; work in confined spaces; siderosis; confounding factors; smoke vents; encyclopaedia; lung cancer
Document type F - Information notes, codes of practice, standards
Country / State or ProvinceFrance
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Welding and cutting
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)