SMOHIT/CPWR Research on Occupational Disease Among Sheet Metal Workers
Sheet metal work includes tasks entailing fabrication or installation of metal products. Respiratory hazards identified with sheet metal work include exposure to asbestos, welding fumes, and man-made vitreous fibers, primarily fiberglass. The Sheet Metal Occupational Health Institute Trust (SMOHIT) was established in 1987 to determine the extent of asbestos-related disease and other occupational diseases among sheet metal workers, and to provide medical examinations for those sheet metal workers with substantial occupational exposures. Other targeted research studies have also been conducted through the screening program.