NIOSH Seminar Will Discuss Potential Health Effects of Welding

To address the emerging concern within the EHS community about the potential pulmonary and neurological health effects associated with welding fume exposure, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the West Virginia University Institute of Occupational and Environmental Health are teaming up to sponsor an international seminar titled "Health Effects of Welding," on July 23-24 in Morgantown, W.Va.

Welders are exposed to fumes that are comprised of metals such as chromium, nickel, manganese and iron that have been observed to be toxic to the lungs and brain. Numerous queries dealing with this arising occupational health issue have been received by NIOSH. The upcoming conference will address and discuss all aspects of welding fume exposure and health.

Leading experts from around the world will gather to share the latest information in key research areas regarding potential respiratory, neurological and reproductive effects associated with welding fumes or inhaled welding particles. More information about the symposium can be found at http://www.hsc.wvu.edu/IOEH.

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