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Welding is a really good blue collar job that pays well but has its ups and downs Welders have to deal with hazardous welding fumes that can affect their health in numerous ways There are several different types of welding fumes and mixtures that a welder can inhale while performing a welding task A welders risk of getting sick from welding depends on the different types of metals being welded and the amount of time a welder is exposed to the fumes that are being created There are many compositions of welding fumesDifferent mixtures of fumes can form from materials that are on metal like protective coatings that prevent rust such as paint zinc grease and oils These compounds in themselves have certain reactions that allow small particles to become airborne thus allowing the particles to be inhaled by a welder According to OSHA Lead fumes are the worse fume a welder has to deal with it is also the most common mixture in welding fumesOSHA Lead fumes created by welding are some of the worst fumes that a welder could allow into their body Lead fumes that are a result from welding are caused by lead-based paints solder brass and bronze alloys and protective coating on steel that keeps the metal from corrosion According to OSHA Welding fumes that have lead in their composition are the worst type of fumes to inhale OSHA Lead fumes have been known to cause very serious health problems Some of the many health risk are lead poisoning and breaking down of the central nervous system kidneys digestive system and mental capacity Although lead fumes are really bad most welders who do not take all proper safety precautions only experience minor symptoms Some of the minor symptoms include headaches sore muscles and joints to stomach cramps and nausea Chromium for example is a common fume that a welder has to deal with According to OSHA Chromium comes from most
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