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Welding arc time and UV exposure : implications for worker safety

Tenkate, Thomas D. (2008) Welding arc time and UV exposure : implications for worker safety. Journal of Occupational Health and Safety : Australia and New Zealand, 24(2), pp. 161-166.

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    Abstract

    Welding arcs are widely used in the occupational environment and are probably the most intense artificial source of ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Unfortunately, thre is little empirical evidence for what the arc time (the timefor which the arc is actually struck) is for a typical welding operation. As such, a light-activated electronic timer was developed and trialled. The timer measured arc time, the number of "strikes" (initiatyions of a welding arc), and personal UV exposure for comparison. The average arc time for an eight-hour period was 1.6 hours (20% of operational time), and the average number of strikes was 180. Personal UV exposure was found to be significant and moderately positively correlated with welding arc time. These results highlight that, for the majority of their day, welders are potentially exposed to hazards that are not directly related to their own welding arc.

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    ID Code: 18309
    Item Type: Journal Article
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    Keywords: Ultraviolet Exposure, Ultraviolet Radiation, Welding Arcs, Worker Safety
    ISSN: 0815-6409
    Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (050000) > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT (050200) > Environmental Impact Assessment (050204)
    Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
    Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (111705)
    Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500)
    Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
    Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
    Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
    Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 CCH Australia Ltd.
    Deposited On: 07 May 2009 15:04
    Last Modified: 06 Mar 2012 00:41

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