Welding fumes

(including Chrome VI)

Occupation as a welder has been associated with a 25%–40% increase in lung cancer risk. Welding fumes is internationally classified a group 1 carcinogen to humans, meaning it is seen as a definite cause of cancer in humans.

Although primarily associated with stainless steel welding, this classification is not limited to stainless steel fume. It covers all welding fume.

References: HSE, IARC, OSHA

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