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Document ID (ISN)103292
CIS number 04-416
ISSN - Serial title 0003-4878 - Annals of Occupational Hygiene
Year 2003
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Simpson A.T., Stear M., Groves J.A., Piney M., Bradley S.D., Stagg S., Crook B.
Title Occupational exposure to metalworking fluid mist and sump fluid contaminants
Bibliographic information Jan. 2003, Vol.47, No.1, p.17-30. Illus. 30 ref.
Abstract This paper summarizes the analytical and occupational hygiene findings from a recent survey of occupational exposure to metalworking fluids (MWFs) in the metalworking industry in the United Kingdom. In general, occupational exposure to mineral oil MWF mist was controlled to under 3mg/m3 (8h time-weighted average) and to under 1mg/m3 for water-mix MWF mist. Fluid management was found to be poor, with most sites failing to meet industry good practice or Health and Safety Executive (HSE) standards. High levels of bacteria and endotoxins were found in sumps, and control of other factors, such as water-mix fluid concentration, was often poor. These findings will be used to develop guidance from the HSE on good practices, including indicative limits for MWF mist and sump fluid contaminants, with significant emphasis on sump fluid management (maintenance and monitoring), as well as control issues.
Descriptors (primary) occupational hygiene; aerosols; biological hazards; cutting fluids; metalworking industry; mists
Descriptors (secondary) public OSH institutions; United Kingdom; bacteria; bacterial toxins; safe working methods; cleaning; exposure evaluation; survey; maintenance
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Metal production and metalworking
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Metalworking industry
Biological hazards