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'OT: health risk from lead in solder?'
1999\01\09@112212 by ryan pogge

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hi,
 I was just wondering if anyone knows about health
risks asosiated with solder.  I.E. lead poisning ect.
just curious.
Ryan

1999\01\09@121721 by Martin Tibor

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As you know lead is poison and vaporizing lead can make it more available so
you don't want to over heat lead. It is wise to wash your hands and avoid
breathing the fumes from solder and rosin. Lead poisoning can cause brain
damage etc. so it is best to work in a ventilated area.

At 11:08 AM 1/9/99 -0500, you wrote:
>hi,
>  I was just wondering if anyone knows about health
> risks asosiated with solder.  I.E. lead poisning ect.
>just curious.
>Ryan

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1999\01\10@000739 by Chris Eddy

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Ryan;

I acquired the MSDS data sheets on two solders, the organic and the no
clean.  In both cases, the datasheets stated that the fumes are known to
cause occasional respiratory and eye irritation, which I have observed
in our shop.  It also mentioned that unless the solder is ingested,
which is unlikey, lead poisoning is not a risk.  Keep in mind, though,
that the new pastes used in SMT can easily be spread on the hands and
elsewhere.  I tend to be more careful with the paste for that reason.

Chris Eddy, PE
Pioneer Microsystems, Inc.

ryan pogge wrote:

> hi,
>   I was just wondering if anyone knows about health
>  risks asosiated with solder.  I.E. lead poisning ect.
> just curious.
> Ryan

1999\01\10@071906 by paulb

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Ryan Pogge wrote:

>   I was just wondering if anyone knows about health risks asosiated
> with solder.  I.E. lead poisning ect.  just curious.

 Don't suck it!  Or your hands, until washed.

Martin Tibor wrote:

> As you know lead is poison and vaporizing lead can make it more
> available so you don't want to over heat lead.

 So, don't solder using oxy-acetylene or an arc torch.  You won't
however vaporise the lead with a soldering iron, so don't get too upset
about this aspect.

> It is wise to wash your hands and avoid breathing the fumes from
> solder and rosin.

 Now I do go along with the bit about flux (rosin).  I think I have
given myself asthma over the years, because I have *never* smoked (err,
tobacco etc.).

> Lead poisoning can cause brain damage etc. so it is best to work in a
> ventilated area.

 Advice good.  Reasoning confused.  Cross-flow fan, windows open.

Chris Eddy wrote:

> In both cases, the datasheets stated that the fumes are known to cause
> occasional respiratory and eye irritation, which I have observed in
> our shop.  It also mentioned that unless the solder is ingested, which
> is unlikey, lead poisoning is not a risk.  Keep in mind, though, that
> the new pastes used in SMT can easily be spread on the hands and
> elsewhere.  I tend to be more careful with the paste for that reason.

 Sound.
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 Cheers,
       Paul B.

1999\01\10@083634 by ryan pogge

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Ok, thanks,
I think I will just put some type of simple cross-flow fan in my workspace.
dont like the smell of rosin anyhow.
:0
thanks for the info.
Ryan


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1999\01\10@095932 by Greg Cormier

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Just another quick tidbit, solder fumes also cause acne. At a place I
co-op'd at, they had this huge thing with their safety dept. and had to
purchase a fume extractor...

-greg


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1999\01\10@112159 by Peter L. Peres

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On Sat, 9 Jan 1999, ryan pogge wrote:

> hi,
>   I was just wondering if anyone knows about health
>  risks asosiated with solder.  I.E. lead poisning ect.
> just curious.
> Ryan

Wash your hands after work and don't inhale the fumes when soldering. The
number of electronics workers is enormous, and has been around since
before WW2, yet, no-one sued anybody over lead poisoning yet, so I guess
it's relatively safe ;)

Peter

1999\01\10@182308 by dave vanhorn

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>Wash your hands after work and don't inhale the fumes when soldering. The
>number of electronics workers is enormous, and has been around since
>before WW2, yet, no-one sued anybody over lead poisoning yet, so I guess
>it's relatively safe ;)
>
>Peter

After 30 years of daily, rather careless handling of solder, (holding in
mouth because both hands were busy etc) I had myself tested for all heavy
metals. A few $$$ later, nothing above trace levels. YMMV

1999\01\10@194751 by Tony Nixon

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dave vanhorn wrote:
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>(holding in mouth because both hands were busy etc)
>

We've probably got enough in our fillings :-)

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1999\01\10@200029 by dave vanhorn

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At 11:44 AM 1/11/99 +1100, Tony Nixon wrote:
>dave vanhorn wrote:
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>>(holding in mouth because both hands were busy etc)
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>We've probably got enough in our fillings :-)


Nice safe mercury in mine. Dr reported all levels below "trace", so at
least in my case, nothing to worry about. I started doing this stuff long
before the current level of safety consiousness. It's nice to know that I
probably won't be a drooling idiot before my time :)

1999\01\10@205447 by Geoff Thornton

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Tony Nixon wrote;
> We've probably got enough in our fillings :-)

There's more mercury than lead in your fillings!

1999\01\10@213454 by Tony Nixon

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Geoff Thornton wrote:
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> Tony Nixon wrote;
> > We've probably got enough in our fillings :-)
>
> There's more mercury than lead in your fillings!

That makes me feel a whole lot better :-)

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1999\01\11@073042 by Ken Johnson

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Ryan, one more thing to watch, if you use a solder-sucker for desoldering,
be careful when cleaning it. The very finely divided solder can be absorbed
directly through the skin- easy to prevent when you are aware of it.

Cheers, Ken, .....vk7krjKILLspamspam.....southcom.com.au


>Ok, thanks,
>I think I will just put some type of simple cross-flow fan in my workspace.
>dont like the smell of rosin anyhow.
>:0
>thanks for the info.
>Ryan

1999\01\12@093123 by lilel

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> Just another quick tidbit, solder fumes also cause acne. At a place
> I co-op'd at, they had this huge thing with their safety dept. and
> had to purchase a fume extractor...
>
> -greg


I have asthma, presumably from 30 years of breathing solder fumes.  I
built a simple fume extractor for my shop with a meaty muffin fan, an
activated carbon filter mounted on what was left of a gooseneck lamp.
I just swing it in place when I'm soldering and get those nasty
fumes out of my face.


DON'T  breathe solder fumes.
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1999\01\12@100936 by dave vanhorn

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>I have asthma, presumably from 30 years of breathing solder fumes.  I
>built a simple fume extractor for my shop with a meaty muffin fan, an
>activated carbon filter mounted on what was left of a gooseneck lamp.
> I just swing it in place when I'm soldering and get those nasty
>fumes out of my face.

That's flux, not lead.

>DON'T  breathe solder fumes.
>-- Lawrence Lile

A good idea in any case!

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