Does Soldering Involve Hazardous Materials?
One of the most common solder alloys in use is composed of 60 percent tin and 40 percent lead. An alloy of 63 percent tin and 37 percent lead is commonly used for electrical work. As we all know, lead is a hazardous material which is harmful to our health mainly comes from ingestion. If the solder is eaten or ingested, it can really cause lead poisoning, so you should take steps to protect against this from happening.
But that’s not to say that solder is inherently dangerous, and we can do some precautions to make it safer. One is to keep the working area clean. Another is to keep the working area well-ventilated so that harmful smoke doesn’t linger around.
To control the little pieces of lead that invariably happen when you’re soldering, you really need a vacuum cleaner. To make sure you’ve cleaned the area that you’re working in, it’s better not to work on carpeted surfaces and rather on hard surfaces because there are fewer nooks and crannies for things to get stuck in.