Manganese Poisoning, Manganism, Parkinsonism, Wilson's Disease, and Parkinson's Disease

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Manganese is an essential element to the human body but when exposed to high levels of manganese, the effects it can have are serious. The high toxicity of manganese has been well known for a long time from the numerous studies performed on miners, steelworkers, and other occupations working with a high level of manganese exposure.

While high levels of manganese exposure is linked to manganese poisoning, manganism, parkinsonism, Wilson's disease, and Parkinson's disease, the health problems caused by lower levels of manganese poisoning is not as well known due to the more subtle signs. The slow effect manganese exposure has on the human body is very serious, affecting a high number of workers and communities.

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Manganese Workplace Dangers
Workers in the mining, welding, and factory environment are at the highest risk for manganese exposure. Miners that work with manganese are surrounded by manganese dust and airborne manganese particles. The EPA thinks that the highest risk workers for becoming affected by manganese exposure are factory workers that produce manganese ore or manganese compounds are turned into steel.

The towns and communities surrounding the areas of manganese heavy industry can also become affected by exposure to manganese. Many workplace control and practices are violated in industries with high risk for manganese poisoning, gravely affecting the lives of workers and potentially their families.

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Manganese Workplace Dangers Cited
Most people assume when they fill up a glass of water it is
     
 

Exposure to manganese can go for years without detection due to the slow and subtle recognizable effect it has on the body.

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safe to drink. However, water can contain many contaminants unseen by the human eye. Currently, more than half a dozen workers have complained about non-enforced safety procedures at the Passaic Valley Water Commission in New Jersey, illustrating the potential dangers of omitting health precautions when working directly with toxins such as manganese. In 2001, state inspections as a response to worker complaints, cited the Passaic Valley Water for failing to provide adequate protective equipment to its workers and not keeping the proper record of safety equipment and training.

The dangers of being exposed to manganese are especially great because side effects may take years to appear. Workers are at the highest risk for manganese exposure because of the direct contact made for extended amounts of time, many times not always adequately protected and within poorly ventilated working areas.

Inspectors from the state Public Employees Occupational Safety and Health program visited the water plant in April 2001 after an insider employee complaint was made. The report indicated there were 55 safety violations. The safety violations included failing to give employees proper training or equipment to monitor their working environment, failing to keep proper records for their safety equipment, and failing to provide adequate protective equipment at all.

Manganese Information
All humans contain a low level of manganese in their bodies, but when exposed to a high level of manganese the results can be toxic. Most instances of manganese poisoning affect workers that mine and refine ore because of the prolonged exposure to manganese. Linked to serious conditions resembling parkinsonism or Wilson's disease, manganese exposure is detrimental to the health of workers and communities.

Manganese appears as a reddish-gray, metallic element. The toxicity of manganese in the human body interferes with dietary iron absorption, thus leading to anemia in some instances. When manganese is breathed in it can greatly affect humans, causing permanent brain damage with repeated exposure, lung problems, and kidney and liver damage. OSHA has listed manganese on the hazardous substance list because of the serious risks it poses.

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Manganese Study Finds Earlier Onset of Parkinson's Disease
A study performed by the University of California Santa Cruz environmental toxicology department in 2000 concluded that manganese exposure causes symptoms of Parkinson's disease to appear much earlier. The manganese study examined four groups of rats with one group containing a condition similar to humans that have not yet developed Parkinson's symptoms and another group that had been exposed to higher levels of manganese. The third group had both the manganese exposure along with the pre-Parkinson's disease conditions.

The group of rats with pre-Parkinson's disease performed significantly worse on several tests after being exposed to manganese. Parkinson's disease and toxic levels of manganese affected different areas of the brain resulting in damage to one area worse than what it would have been otherwise. Researchers performed the manganese study in response to proposals in 2000 to add manganese to gasoline, which would thus increase the level of manganese exposure in the environment.

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