Welding and Manganese: Potential Neurologic Effects

A subject of concern to the IAM and many of our members is the exposures to hazardous substances.  We have seen the toll on our members and their families.  Manganese is not new to the IAM and its members.  Recent studies indicate neurological and neurobehavioral deficits may occur when workers are exposed manganese in welding fumes at levels as low as less than 0.2 mg/m3.

An article published by the National Institute for Occupation Safety and Health (NIOSH) based on studies is a good source for educating our members about the hazards and ways to reduce or eliminate exposures.  The article also has several links to other sources to help.

If you have any questions or are looking for other sources of safety and health topics log on to the IAM Safety and Health Department or contact one of our Safety Specialists at (301) 967-4704.  Safety and Health information and available training courses from IAM CREST are also available on line.