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Re: When did zinc fumes become deadly?

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George Marsh

03-26-2013 13:36:20

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Zinc funes become deadly when you inhale them. That was the first thing my dad taught me.

Check this sight out.

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36 coupe

03-27-2013 04:39:04

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 Re: When did zinc fumes become deadly? in reply to George Marsh, 03-26-2013 13:36:20  
Thanks for posting that link.Too many posters on this forum think the can take chances while working and get away with it.We have much better info on work hazards than we had years ago.I used carbon tet in radio service work.We now know that a small exposure to carbon tet can cause liver damage.Brake cleaner is dangerous around welding.I got some acetone on my hands while spraying a mix of oil and acetone.I spent 3 days with poor balance.Hardeners used in paints are deadly poison yet we see constant reference to using it while painting tractors.Boat builders become sensitized to solvents used on their work and many have to give up the work.Each exposure get worse.

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03-27-2013 05:33:04

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 Re: When did zinc fumes become deadly? in reply to 36 coupe, 03-27-2013 04:39:04  
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I remember Carbon tet being the cleaner of choice when I was a kid. I had an aunt who was a clean freak and used carbon tet like water to clean her upholstery and other household items. .... She died of liver cancer in her mid-50's.

I'm a little guilty myself of sometimes using lacquer thinner on a rag without using gloves. Trying to be more conscious as I get older of hazardous practices but old habits die hard.

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Stan in Oly, WA

03-26-2013 14:46:35

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 Re: When did zinc fumes become deadly? in reply to George Marsh, 03-26-2013 13:36:20  

For several years now, that specific case (Jim Wilson killed by zinc fume fever) is brought out to demonstrate the deadliness of welding galvanized metal. Digging a little deeper, it becomes less clear that it's as dangerous to the average person. It might be more accurate to say "if you're a heavy smoker with COPD, heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure, welding galvanized metal might be hazardous to your health." If it's so dangerous, why is the proof of it always that same story where it killed a man who was already very sick? But hey, maybe it's incredibly dangerous. Several years ago, my 60 year old wife wasn't allowed to board a plane until she had transferred the contents of a bottle of shampoo into two small plastic bags. If that's dangerous then I would have to agree that everything is.


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George Marsh

03-26-2013 16:59:53

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 Re: When did zinc fumes become deadly? in reply to Stan in Oly, WA, 03-26-2013 14:46:35  
My dad got very sick using a spot welder on galvanized sheet metal. I do all my galvanized welding outside and up wind.

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