There are times one has to offer their credentials to validate their
I have a degree in Aviation Maintenance and hold a A&P (Airframe and
Aviation Maintenance is among the most hazardous professions, mostly due
to the substances we work with. In this profession (as well as many
others) one learns there are long term consequences to chemical
exposure. The effects of exposure to many substances is accumulative.
Because there are no apparent ill effects from exposure today does not
mean there will be no ill effects tomorrow, next week, month, year or
A breathable atmosphere is no guarantee of safety. I feel a breathable
atmosphere is one of the greatest dangers. I lulls the breather into
thinking there is no or little danger. Urethane based coatings with a
catalyst are an excellent example. Everyone knows to get the hell away
and upwind while Emron (i.e.) is being applied, they don't seem to know
or care Emron (i.e.) gasses for up to several days. These gasses are
breathable but in no way are they healthy.
I don't care to know what vapors turn into when raised to a high
temperature or ran through a flame. I will not be exposed to them, or
keep my exposure to a minimum if I have to be exposed.
I will note: I no longer work in The Industry. I had become sensitized
to widely used substances. It's getting tempting to answer the fliers I
get from contracting companies. I love the work but I don't want to get
Explosion hazard? A flash over is more excitement than I care to
experience. It wouldn't have to raise the roof, blow out the windows or
drop the building. Even if the odds are one in a million Why take a
chance? My flesh isn't healthy enough as it is, but I think I want to
keep it intact. Burnt or blown off is not an appetizing thought, least
I've become extremely protective of my health. I'm 45. About ten years
ago those things I did in my youth started catching up with me.
Motorcycle mishaps. Exposure to chemicals. A couple slipped disks from
an "encounter" with SWMBO in the shower. :]
If this is what it feels like to be 45 (especially my neck), I'm not
into adding to what I've already done. It's going to happen, I'm going
to get damaged again, I just know it. I'm not chasing it like I use to.
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