Original article

Scand J Work Environ Health 1975;1(4):249-253    pdf

doi:10.5271/sjweh.2841

Effects of a welding helmet and dust respirators on respiration at rest and during exercise.

by White T, Schütz A, Lundgren K-M

The influence of welders' protective devices on respiration at rest and during exercise was studied under laboratory conditions. During exercise the devices caused increased ventilation and increased arterial carbon dioxide tension. In the case of the welding helmet the increase was probably a consequence of increased dead space. It is concluded that the physiological affects on respiration are of minor importance in themselves, but they should be taken into account when the degree of exposure to welding fumes is evaluated.