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August 21, 1937

Health Protection of Welders. Paper

JAMA. 1937;109(8):614-615. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780340070038

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This is one of a series of brochures, appearing at irregular intervals, prepared by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and covering some aspect of industrial hygiene or industrial medicine. It is peculiarly characteristic of these publications that they appear just when most needed. The present pamphlet describes the various forms of welding and the hazards associated with each. The most important dangers are electrical shock and burns, radiant energy, gases, fumes and dust. It has long been known that welding, and particularly arc welding, has harmful potentialities growing out of ultraviolet and other rays. It has been determined recently that even more significant exposures may result from nitrous gases and the carbon monoxide generated in arc welding. This brochure covers in detail these exposures, together with the dangers associated with the metal and mineral oxides produced in welding operations. It will be of service to individual workers, labor organizations, employers

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