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Re: When did zinc fumes become deadly?

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03-27-2013 06:22:52

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It's human nature to think that because it hasn't happened to you or anyone you know personally, that it can't/won't/doesn't happen.

You're squawking about this welding galvanized thing like it's some sort of overblown hoax, but the second you, or someone close to you, develops a sensitivity to it you'll be the biggest advocate for banning galvanized the world has ever seen.

Yeah, different things affect different people different ways. Some react violently and some don't react at all. Chancing it just to see how you'll react is not much different from playing Russian Roulette.

You wouldn't put a loaded gun to your head and pull the trigger, so why would you strike an arc on a galvanized pipe and breathe deeply?

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03-27-2013 09:20:46

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 Re: When did zinc fumes become deadly? in reply to mkirsch, 03-27-2013 06:22:52  
I made a mistaken assumption based on generalizing my own experience with galvanized metal too much. I did think the warnings about zinc fumes were exaggerated, and that people who made a big deal about it were alarmists. I've been set straight about that.

In response to your non-exaggerated statement that I'll become the "biggest advocate for banning galvanized the world has ever seen" if I develop a sensitivity to it, I'll mention that I've developed a severe sensitivity to fiber glass insulation in the course of using it for decades, and I haven't even stopped using it, much less called for it to be banned. I'm just a lot more careful about the amount of protective gear I use now when I work with it. Actually, there's not much in the world I'm in favor of banning---not even hyperbole, so you're off the hook.


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