Downside of Scrap Metal Art: Some Unknown Hazards Associated with the Practicing Sculptor

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Downside of Scrap Metal Art: Some Unknown Hazards Associated with the Practicing Sculptor

Abstract

This paper investigates the scrap metal situation in the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis and assesses the possible occupational health issues associated with the practicing sculptor. Scrap metals around the world, especially Sekondi-Takoradi in Ghana, possess some hazardous substances that are potentially noxious to the sculptor who practices using scraps as alternative materials for sculpture. The paper examines and brings forth the possible related health hazards associated with various scrap metal components employed by the sculptor. The quest for scraps is obtained from junkyards and landfills such as lead wheel weights, chrome-plated engine parts, and silver electrodes. Some scrap metals otherwise are non-hazardous such as processed vehicle hulks, drained and crushed used oil filters, and properly punctured aerosol containers, but may be contaminated with residual amounts of hazardous substances. Interviews and observations were used to gather data using qualitative research approach.

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