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what are the fumes normally you breath in a lead acid battery charge bay

What gases you  inhale those are naked gases normally exist in a charge bay which consits lead acid 24v fork lift batteries.
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Hi,

Sulfuric acid vapors can be present while batteries are charging.

~ Dr. Parks

This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice. The information presented in this posting is for patients’ education only. As always, I encourage you to see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.
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Can you please explain whether these gases are harmful and which way these gases effect the body?

I know a person who has Parkinson's and has worked with batteries in the workplace and he was wondering if there was any connection.

Thanks,
Shanti53
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Avatar_dr_m_tn
Hello again,

When batteries get wet or damp, sulfuric acid may be present in the air as small droplets or attached to other small airborne particulates (for example, dust). Sulfuric acid is extremely irritating to skin, mucous membranes (eyes, inside of the nose, throat), and to the upper airway (trachea) and to the lungs.

Inhalation of sulfuric acid droplets can cause a chemical pneumonitis (inflammation in the lungs). If someone has chemical pneumonitis, the lungs may not be able to clear other particles that are inhaled and there may be an increased risk for developing pneumonia. In addition, the sulfuric acid is irritating to the gastrointestinal tract and could cause nausea, diarrhea, and stomach pain.

Lastly, where can you find more information on this topic?

You can perform a google search and use “battery acid fumes” and “MSDS” as search terms. MSDS = Material Safety Data Sheet.

Here is a link as well:
http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxfaqs/tf.asp?id=255&tid=47

~ Dr. Parks

This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice. The information presented in this posting is for patients’ education only. As always, I encourage you to see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.
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