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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-20-2008, 04:44 PM Thread Starter
 
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Tar Fumes

So I'm just curious as to how bad it is for you to be breathing in tar fumes all day?

They are re-doing the balcony at my work and I am the closest and I feel light headed and my head hurts I will go outside and it will eventually go away but as soon as I walk back in the office... BAM!!! And i think this crap is going on for the next few days
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I prefer gold paint to tar fumes.
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get a coupleof fans going to atleast get air circulating
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Hopefully they are not to bad. I am doing allot of patches on the road where its crap for work. So I go and get the asphalt. so there are these big cylinders that you pull under and the asphalt gets pured into the truck thats when the fumes are the worst. Then when you are laying the asphalt you constantly get a big douse of the smell. I'm just glad I don't work with it every day.

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I worked with hot asphalt and tar almost every day for 25 years. It is hard to get used to, but I've gone over the Material Data Safety sheets and it will not have any long term affects. The worst thing for me was smelling it in the middle of the night when the new cracksealing season and /or patching season began. If it's only temporary, grin & bear it...you've got a perfect excuse for frequent extra breaks for fresh air. Next week it will just be a bad smelling memory.
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Doesn't tar accumulate in your lungs when inhaled? Part of the reason second hand tobacco smoke is hazardous or something...
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The lungs are an amazing organ that have the ability to cleanse themselves...especially if you don't smoke.
The exposure that Trixie is presenting in this thread is so minimal by comparison to the exposure I experienced as a Highway maintainence worker, any accumilation in her lungs will be gone before the weekend is over.
In my case, the exposure was outside and well ventilated. I could always step away to take a breath of fresh air at any time...and any ill effects have cleared my lungs in the 5 years I've been away from those jobs. Like I said...the MSDS said nothing of long term effects to workplace exposure.
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The lungs are an amazing organ that have the ability to cleanse themselves...especially if you don't smoke.
The exposure that Trixie is presenting in this thread is so minimal by comparison to the exposure I experienced as a Highway maintainence worker, any accumilation in her lungs will be gone before the weekend is over.
In my case, the exposure was outside and well ventilated. I could always step away to take a breath of fresh air at any time...and any ill effects have cleared my lungs in the 5 years I've been away from those jobs. Like I said...the MSDS said nothing of long term effects to workplace exposure.
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I'm not arguing, just wondering...

Into what/where do the lungs cleanse themselves? The bloodstream? Thin air?

If her head hurts after inhaling the fumes, then it's obviously bad for her in some way.
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I'm speculating...I think that what she is dealing with is not a strong concentration of fumes or aerosols from the tar, but rather the odor.

Odors can be pleasant or unpleasant, they are a very strong trigger of all kinds of responses from the body, and yet can remain totally harmless other than an Ill feeling that will go away once the exposure to the odor is ended.
The lungs have many ways of cleaning themselves...It's taught in high school biology... One way is the hairlike cells called cilia that line the lungs and sweep out foreign debris to be exhaled. Like all organs, they are also cleansed by blood flow and the lungs are cleared by the mucous that suspends foreign molecules and debris and get it out through the nose and throat ( you know...when you blow your nose, pick your nose, or cough up a hocker...can't be any more graphic than that).

My initial post was meant to be supportive based on my personal experience with exposure to similar substances...To explain my second post: Unlike cigarette tar, the odor of the Asphaltic tar is not being directly inhaled as a smoke or aorosols that is depositing tar directly into her lungs. The minute amount of molecules that make up the odor that she finds unpleasant and that is triggering her ill feeling will be cleansed from her lungs in the manner(s) I mentioed.
The tar in cigarette smoke is much denser and carried in the smoke in particles. It accumulates because other compounds in the cigarette smoke paralyze, disable and break down the cilia and curtail the cleansing of the lungs.
Really, this is all stuff I learned in High school biology and health class!
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