Zinc Fumes

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Known Synonyms

Zinc
Zintec fumes


Agent Zinc
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Sources of Exposure
Where do occupational exposures occur?
Jobs Galvaniser, Smelter, Welders, Solderers
Epidemiological Studies

Air Measurements One study found disease below the threshold limit value-short term exposure level (TLV-STEL) and that zinc can cause occupational asthma at 0.26 mg/m3. Zinc oxide has an 8-hr threshold limit value (TLV) of 5 mg/m3.
Specific IgE/ Skin prick test Positive immediate skin tests to zinc sulphate at concentrations of 1 and 10 mg.ml-1 were obtained in one study, but no IgE antibodies were found.
Biological Monitoring Bronchoalveolar lavage can show an increase in lymphocytes count with predominance of CD8 T-lymphocytes. Presence of zinc in alveolar macrophages can be assessed by analytic transmission electron microscopy
Specific Challenge Specific inhalation challenges were performed, having the subject inhale a solution of zinc sulphate at a 10 mg.ml-1 concentration for 6 min in one study.
Early References
Malo JL, Cartier A , Occupational asthma due to fumes of galvanized metal , Chest , 1987 ; 92 : 375-37
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References for: Zinc Fumes See published papers on "Zinc Fumes" from this website.
Haz-Map information on: Zinc Fumes See information on "Zinc Fumes" from the HazMap (Information on Hazardous Chemicals and Occupational Diseases) website.

Oasys Notifications for Zinc Fumes

The Oasys Audit scheme started midway through 2010 and collects agents typed in through the Oasys program. The years before 2010 show old data entered during 2010 or later and are likely to have many fewer notifications. We expect Oasys to become more widely adopted as time goes by so increasing notifications does not necessarily mean an increasing problem.

Occupational asthma notifications to the Oasys Audit Scheme for Zinc Fumes

Selected References for Zinc Fumes

Abstract Available for Occupational asthma due to zinc Malo JL, Cartier A, Dolovich J, Occupational asthma due to zinc, Eur Respir J, 1993;6:447-450,
André Cartier, Hôpital de Sacré Coeur, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, an author of 'Occupational asthma due to zinc' Jean-Luc Malo, Hôpital de Sacré Coeur, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, an author of 'Occupational asthma due to zinc'

Abstract Available for Occupational asthma due to fumes of galvanized metal Malo JL, Cartier A, Occupational asthma due to fumes of galvanized metal, Chest, 1987;92:375-37*,
André Cartier, Hôpital de Sacré Coeur, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, an author of 'Occupational asthma due to fumes of galvanized metal' Jean-Luc Malo, Hôpital de Sacré Coeur, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, an author of 'Occupational asthma due to fumes of galvanized metal'

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