Hazards associated with metalworking by artists

South Med J. 1997 Jul;90(7):665-71. doi: 10.1097/00007611-199707000-00001.


Metalworking is the constructive sculptural application of various technologic processes for producing art from ferrous and nonferrous metals. Self-employed artists and their workplaces are not protected by governmental agencies. We describe the techniques involved in metalworking processes and discuss the physical trauma and medical syndromes associated with each process, as well as safety, prevention, and treatment aspects of the basic syndromes.

MeSH terms

  • Air Pollutants, Occupational / adverse effects
  • Humans
  • Metals / adverse effects*
  • Occupational Diseases / etiology*
  • Occupational Diseases / prevention & control
  • Sculpture*
  • Wounds and Injuries / etiology*
  • Wounds and Injuries / prevention & control


  • Air Pollutants, Occupational
  • Metals