Advanced Impact Analysis- Potential Changes to Weld Fume Carcinogenicity Designation (2019-473-001)
- BSI EHS Services and Solutions East Inc.
- NAVMEDCEN Industrial Hygiene
- GD-Bath Iron Works
- HII-Newport News Shipbuilding
- Norfolk Naval Shipyard
NSRP ASE investment: $30K
The objectives of the project include:
- Review the IARC Monograph Volume 118 (2018) to extract and summarize studies and references to welding processes, materials, claims and conclusions that may apply to shipyard welding.
- Collect and review existing representative occupational exposure air monitoring data for work comparable to welding processes cited by IARC for elevated cancer risk;
- Determine exposure ranges, by process, to compare to exposure categories cited in the IARC report.
- Prepare a summary report to inform shipyards:
- What potential cancer risks have been identified in the IARC report?
- What shipyard welding work is most likely to create welding fume exposures at or above levels of concern?
- What air monitoring and testing methods are recommended for further evaluation?
- What existing training, process control and protective measures are shown to be effective for elimination or reduction of these potential hazards?
- Recommendations for follow up action, as needed, for shipyards to remain informed and well-equipped to protect the health of their welders