Exposure to welding fumes is a serious occupational health hazard. When inhaled, welding fumes can enter the lungs and other organs and can cause both short and long term health risks.
Know how to protect yourself. Have good ventilation, conduct air sampling and determine if a respirator should be worn.
SafeManitoba conducted a two-year study of 40 workplaces across Manitoba demonstrating that a large number of Manitoba welders are overexposed to hazardous welding fumes. Overexposure to welding fumes can cause respiratory (lung), reproductive and central nervous system illnesses as well as cancer. The study also identifies a number of proven methods to reduce exposure to welding fumes.
The Industrial Accident Prevention Association (IAPA) in Ontario has a publication regarding asthma and asthma from metal-working fluids and metal dusts and fumes.
Welding related CSA Standard
To access the following standard related to Welding click on this link.
- CSA W117.2 -Safety in Welding, Cutting and Allied Processes