A few months ago we had a discussion on Orchid about removing titanium rings in an emergency situation. Apparently many jewelers and firemen (and other emergency personnel) are not well informed on this subject.
I obviously missed the first part of this discussion but it gives me
a chance to ask the question as to what are the health risks of such
an operation? I was told some time ago that splinters of titanium -
such as might be produced by the final turn of a ring saw, are a risk
as if they get in the skin, they will work their way down to the bone
and ‘burrow into it’ producing a callous which, if near a joint could
lead to arthritis. Is this fact or fiction? Is working with titanium
a dangerous occupation? I have a large block of the stuff on a shelf
which I got some years ago to make watch cases from and I’m scared to
go near it!!
Ian W. Wright