Safety & Training Short\ - Compressed Gas Cylinder Safety: Handling & StorageAugust 31, 2020Working with metals can create potentially harmful dust, vapors, and fumes. Although inhalation is the most common way for toxic metals to enter the body, it is also possible to ingest metallic substances while smoking, eating, or drinking if the proper precautions are not taken.
Following a few simple rules can protect you from metal exposure:
- Know what is in the metals you are working with.
- Know the hazards associated with the materials you are using.
- When dust or fumes are produced, use the appropriate respirator properly.
- Always make sure you have plenty of ventilation.
- Pay attention to personal hygiene and housekeeping.
- Before eating, drinking, and smoking, wash your hands, and always keep your work area separate from your lunch area.
Here are a few common metals that are commonly linked with hazardous conditions:
- Zinc, copper, brass, magnesium, cadmium, nickel, and lead
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