Monthly Archives: February 2018

Are welders being exposed to harmful levels of zinc oxide?: A Q&A with Dr. Christian Monsé


Exposure to zinc oxide can cause ‘metal fume fever’, an illness known for its flu-like symptoms. Welders who work with thermal cutting, welding, and melting are often exposed to zinc oxide which is produced in the fumes when certain metals are heated. Workers in this field have set occupational exposure limits to prevent harmful exposure. And yet, a recent study published in Particle and Fibre Toxicology has shown adverse effects far below the concentration of the current exposure limit.