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Heat Treaters

Work Environment

Although most shops in which heat treaters work are hot and dirty, conditions have been steadily improving. Many employers have installed better ventilation systems, air conditioning, and new equipment. Employers and unions have become more conscious of safety practices. Improved machinery and safety equipment such as respirators, earplugs, and safety glasses have reduced health hazards caused by noise, fumes, smoke, and heat. Heat treaters, however, often suffer burns, cuts, and bruises from handling hot metal parts. Heat treaters are on their feet most of the working shift and their work can be physically strenuous.

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