A survey of symptoms and eye safety practices among welders

Tenkate, Thomas D. & Collins, Michael J. (1990) A survey of symptoms and eye safety practices among welders. Clinical and Experimental Optometry, 73(3), pp. 79-85.


Welding is a task which is potentially hazardous to the eyes. In this study we have administered a questionnaire to 128 welders to investigate ocular symptoms and eye safety practices when welding. The welders demonstrated high levels of discomfort symptoms which were correlated with the length of unprotected exposure to nearby welding, the number of welding flashes received and the length of time spent welding. Dust and fumes in the workplace were also a frequent cause of ocular discomfort. Foreign body injuries were common among the welders, many of whom also reported after-images persisting following welding.

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ID Code: 867
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the journal’s website (see hypertext link) or contact the author. Michael J. Collins (email):m.collins@qut.edu.au The contents of this journal from 1998 to 2005 can be freely accessed online via the journal’s web page (see hypertext link).
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ISSN: 0816-4622
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > OPTOMETRY AND OPHTHALMOLOGY (111300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1990 Optometrists Association Australia
Deposited On: 17 Oct 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2009 06:34

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