Welding and/or soldering is present in many manufacturing companies. Elevated exposure to metal fumes will occur when local exhaust is not present.
Common soldering operations can lead to airborne levels of lead, cadmium, tin, silver, etc. The more solder used, the higher the potential employee exposure. Exposure monitoring is a wise choice to properly assess the level of employee exposure.
There are many types of welding some of which include stainless steel (chromium and nickel exposure), plain carbon steel (iron oxide), aluminum (aluminum oxide) and electrical steel (silicon). Again, exposure monitoring for metal fumes is recommended to quantify employee exposure.
GTA Environmental has performed all sorts of metal fume monitoring surveys. Call us today at 1-(877) 260-0987 to discuss your welding/soldering process. Learn how air monitoring will help you to assess the exposure risk and meet the exposure standards.
Special note: The International Agency for Cancer Research (IARC) has recently classified welding fumes as a Group A1 carcinogen. As such, we recommend that all MIG welders wear a respirator.