I guess the closer you get to check out time the more you worry
about your health.I read that there is a link between heart disease
and high concentrations of iron.What better way to absorb iron than
breathing iron oxide in rouge
I am not a Doctor but I expect that there is a more immediate
concern about the effects of the stuff we breath in the shop on our
lungs rather than our heart. This has become a subject near and
dear to my heart (lungs) in the last four years. I was diagnosed as
having emphysema as a result of a genetic disorder called alpha-1
antitrypsin deficiency. It mostly affects males at around the 35 to
40 age and is most often not identified until much later after
several different doctors have had a shot at you. I quit smoking in
1975 at the age of 35 because of breathing problems. I was sure
that the lungs would “Pink” up again and everything would be OK.
Wrong. In 1994, I stared my own store after retiring from the
corporate world. Well, the buffing and polishing, and stone cutting
started to take a toll on me. In 1998, I was diagnosed as having
Alpha-1 caused emphysema. All the rouge and polishing compounds as
well as the soldering and casting fumes didn’t cause my condition,
but they sure were aggravating it. I found out that you can’t feel
the lung damage until you have lost a very high percent of you lung
capacity, something like 75% or so. So just because you don’t feel
the affects of breathing all of the dust, including the stuff you
can’t see, doesn’t mean that it isn’t causing you problems.
A good exhaust system will go a long way to reducing the exposure to
lung damaging by-products of our trade. I was recently in a custom
shop in Cambria, Ca and couldn’t help but notice the exhaust system
he had installed. It was an industrial strength blower with an 8"
duct system that sucked fumes and dust from “EVERY” work station in
the shop. The bench, the polishing stations, the casting table, the
kiln, even the wax table. The owner and I got to talking about his
exhaust system and he explained that he put it in after he was
overcome by fumes from a wax pot. Who would have thought?
So, the problems of the staining of Rouge’s and the dust that gets
over everything in your shop is really not the problem, but the
alarm going off. TAKE CARE OF YOUR LUNGS. Once they are on the
trip south, the only fix is for some other human to give you theirs
and this makes it difficult for them to breath.