For many years, SGS Galson has recognized and discussed worker exposure to manganese in welding fumes. We have analyzed, and continue to do so, tens of thousands of samples for manganese over more than 45 years.
Once again, this issue is making significant news as new research at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis concludes that welders exposed to airborne manganese at estimated levels below federal occupational safety standards exhibit neurological problems similar to Parkinson’s disease. The study says that current safety standards may not adequately protect welders from dangerous exposure to manganese in welding fumes.
More details on the Washington University study is here.
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