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Document ID (ISN)102294
CIS number 03-1436
ISBN(s) 2-551-21843-8
Year 2003
Convention or series no. Etudes et recherches R-341
Author(s) Duchaine C., Veillette M., Cormier Y., Lavoie J., Desjardins F., Bouzid H.
Title Microbiological analysis of metal cutting fluids - Exploratory study
Original title Analyse microbiologique des fluides de coupe de métaux - Etude exploratoire [in French]
Bibliographic information Institut de recherche en santé et en sécurité du travail du Québec (IRSST), 505 boul. de Maisonneuve Ouest, Montreal (Quebec) H3A 3C2, Canada, Aug. 2003. iii, 33p. Illus. 22 ref. Price: CAD 5.35.
Internet access http://www.irsst.qc.ca/htmfr/pdf_txt/R-341.pdf [in French]
Abstract The objective of this study was to establish the physical and chemical properties of soluble cutting fluids used in three metalworking enterprises in Quebec, and to evaluate their levels of microbial contamination. The respiratory health of the workers at one of the three enterprises was also determined. Novel analytical methods were employed, including colouring techniques involving fluorescent molecules as well as molecular biology techniques allowing the detection of specifically-targeted mycobacteria. High levels of bacterial contamination were found in these fluids. However, the majority of the strains identified are unlikely to account for the respiratory symptoms observed among the workers (allergic alveolitis).
Descriptors (primary) respiratory diseases; cutting fluids; biological hazards; health hazards; metalworking industry
Descriptors (secondary) Quebec; moulds; DNA; bacteria; allergy tests; respiratory function tests; bronchopulmonary lavage; sampling and analysis; medical examinations; description of technique; allergic alveolitis; detection by fluorescence; tomography; contamination
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceCanada
Subject(s) Metal production and metalworking
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Metalworking industry
Biological hazards