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Category Press Release
Publish Date 10/24/2017
Author Paul Cochrane
Title Protecting California Workers at Risk of Exposure to Hazardous Welding Fumes
Introduction LA Testing offers industrial hygiene testing services, sampling supplies, monitoring instruments and personal protective equipment to safeguard employees.

Huntington Beach, CA, October 24th, 2017

In California, there are a number of regulations in place that are meant to protect the health and safety of tens of thousands of welders and their coworkers from occupational exposure hazards. A number of these regulations are due to the serious health and safety concerns associated with exposure to welding fumes and gases. These respiratory hazards can be one of the most significant health concerns faced by these specialized workers.

The welding process produces visible smoke that often contains harmful metal fumes and gas by-products that workers could easily inhale. Due to these hazards, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have developed a fact sheet discussing fumes and gases that could be present during welding. The agency lists the following metals that may be a component of welding fumes: aluminum, antimony, arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, chromium & hexavalent chromium, cobalt, copper, iron, lead, manganese, molybdenum, nickel, silver, tin, titanium, vanadium and zinc. Gases in welding fumes may include everything from argon, helium, nitrogen and carbon dioxide to nitric oxide, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, ozone, phosgene, hydrogen, fluoride and carbon dioxide.

“To protect welders and their coworkers from exposure to welding fumes, employers can help to ensure proper air movement, ventilation controls, work practices and respiratory protection as some of the common ways to mitigate these risks,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager at LA Testing’s Huntington Beach facility. “A crucial component to these efforts is air testing. At LA Testing, we provide comprehensive analytical services to identify welding fumes and gases from occupational settings. We also offer air monitoring instruments, respirators and wide range of other personal protective equipment to safeguard employees from exposure hazards.”

LA Testing has also sponsored an educational video about exposure concerns associated with welding fumes that can be seen at: https://youtu.be/voxjn0I9Dr0.

To learn more about industrial hygiene testing or other environmental and indoor air quality (IAQ) services, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call (800) 755-1794. 

About LA Testing

LA Testing is California’s leading laboratory for indoor air quality testing of asbestos, mold, lead, VOCs, formaldehyde, soot, char, ash and smoke damage, particulates and other chemicals.  In addition, LA Testing offers a full range of air sampling and investigative equipment to professionals and the general public. LA Testing maintains an extensive list of accreditations including: AIHA LAP LLC., AIHA ELLAP, AIHA EMLAP and AIHA IHLAP, CDC Elite, NVLAP, State of California, State of Hawaii Department of Health and other states.  LA Testing, along with the EMSL Analytical, Inc. network, has multiple laboratories throughout California including South Pasadena, Huntington Beach, San Leandro and San Diego.