What is being done about welding fumes

Written by Michael Monheit, Esquire, Monheit Law, PC

What is being done about manganese exposure causing manganism?

Researchers are still investigatingrepparttar link between welding rod fumes and manganism. Welding rod litigation has now begun to help those who sufferrepparttar 119250 ill health effects of welding and manganese exposure.

Efforts are being made to reducerepparttar 119251 risk of environmental manganese exposure. In 1994,repparttar 119252 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) denied a petition by Ethyl Corporation to allowrepparttar 119253 use of methylcyclopentadienyl manganese tricarbonyl (MMT) in unleaded gasoline, because of health concerns related torepparttar 119254 inhalation of manganese fumes (Davis, 1999).

Other environmental laws have been enacted to limit manganese exposure and welding fume toxicity. However, some scientists feel that more needs to be done about manganism and welding fumes. Researchers studyingrepparttar 119255 health effects of welding fumes report a "preponderance of proof for manganese neurotoxicity" even in present-day industrial settings (Iregren 1999).

According torepparttar 119256 U.S. Department of Labor Mine Safety and Health Administration, Welding Fumes Sampling is required due torepparttar 119257 "potential hazards of welding operations including metal fumes, toxic gases, and ultraviolet and infrared radiation. Fume particles are formed from vaporization of molten metal. They are very fine in size, generally one micron or smaller, and may join together to form larger particles. Welding fumes can be sampled by drawing air through a special filter at a controlled rate.

“The adverse health effects of welding exposure include chronic or acute systemic poisoning, metal fume fever (a short-term painful ailment with symptoms of fever and chills), pneumoconiosis (lung disease due to accumulation of mineral or metallic particles), and irritation ofrepparttar 119258 respiratory tract.

"The welding fumes produced at welding operations depend primarily onrepparttar 119259 composition ofrepparttar 119260 metals being welded andrepparttar 119261 welding rods. Whenrepparttar 119262 base metal is iron or steel, with welding rods of similar composition,repparttar 119263 main component ofrepparttar 119264 welding fume will be iron oxide. When welding on stainless steel, welding fumes containing nickel and chromium may be produced. Welding on plated, galvanized or painted metals may generate fumes containing cadmium, zinc oxide or lead. In addition, welding rods can generate fluoride and free silica inrepparttar 119265 fumes, depending onrepparttar 119266 composition ofrepparttar 119267 welding rod coating.

“In summary, welding processes may generate many different metal fumes and other toxic components. It is important thatrepparttar 119268 hazards of a welding operation be evaluated properly. Toxic gases that arise in welding include carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxides and ozone. If welding or cutting operations are conducted inrepparttar 119269 presence of chlorinated hydrocarbons, such asrepparttar 119270 form of solvents either onrepparttar 119271 metals or inrepparttar 119272 air, hazardous concentrations of phosgene and hydrogen chloride, which are highly toxic irritant gases, may be produced.

Online Resources about Truck Accident Litigation

Written by Michael Monheit, Esquire, Monheit Law, PC

Here is a list of helpful links related to truck accidents andrepparttar resources to research truck accident related data.

Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) Web-Based Encyclopedia Comprehensive site offering a wealth of knowledge based on breakdown of truck related accidents, cause of truck accidents, and injuries/death categorized by state and year. http://www-fars.nhtsa.dot.gov

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Part ofrepparttar 119249 U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), NHTSA is a federal agency forrepparttar 119250 prevention and control of motor vehicle and truck related death and injury. NHTSA’s mission is to save lives, prevent injuries, and reduce traffic-related health care and other economic costs. http://www.nhtsa.gov

Hotline to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Here’srepparttar 119251 handy page and toll-free number to file a vehicle safety defect report, learn aboutrepparttar 119252 process of car and truck recalls, and searchrepparttar 119253 database of consumer complaints related to car and truck accidents. http://www.nhtsa.gov/hotline/

Child Passenger Safety Tips from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Buckle up for child passenger safety. Use this chart forrepparttar 119254 good, bad, and better options available inrepparttar 119255 marketplace today. http://www.nhtsa.gov/CPS/

Statistics for Car Accidents There were an estimated 6,356,000 car accidents inrepparttar 119256 US in 2000. Getrepparttar 119257 breakdown of how and why. http://www.car-accidents.com/pages/stats.html

National Center for Statistics and Analysis A division of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NCSA provides truck accidents and traffic safety reports, high profile cases, and data sheets. http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/departments/nrd-30/ncsa/AvailInf.html

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