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Document ID (ISN)111716
CIS number 11-0349
Year 2008
Convention or series no. HETA 2007-0263-3069
Author(s) Cummings K.J., Boylstein R.J., Cox-Ganser J.
Title Report on respiratory and dermal conditions among machine shop workers
Bibliographic information Publications Dissemination, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), 4676 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45226-2001, USA, July 2008. v, 52p. Illus. 19 ref.
Internet access HETA_2007-0263-3069.pdf [in English]
Abstract In 2007, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) received a confidential Health Hazard Evaluation (HHE) request from workers of a machine shop, reporting recurrent pneumonias, asthma and other respiratory symptoms as well as rashes and skin irritation that they related to the metalworking fluid (MWF). NIOSH investigators conducted telephone interviews with workers, treating physicians, company management and safety officials, and the director of the company's referral occupational health clinic. They reviewed medical records and environmental monitoring conducted by the company. They also conducted microbiological tests on samples of MWF collected from the machine shop. The investigators found that workers' symptoms and diagnoses were consistent with those associated with exposure to MWF. Workers in the machine shop reported not receiving training on the health hazards of MWF and not being provided respiratory protection; furthermore, they are not included in a medical surveillance program. As a result of this investigation, NIOSH made a number of recommendations with respect to training, exposure surveillance, ventilation, and supply of personal protective equipment.
Descriptors (primary) USA; cutting fluids; premises and workplaces; machining; irritation; symptoms; respiratory diseases; asthma; labour inspection
Descriptors (secondary) microorganisms; conditions of work; pneumonia; determination in air; medical supervision; ventilation; respirators; protective gloves; safety and health training; limitation of exposure; threshold limit values; public OSH institutions; report
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Metal production and metalworking
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Metalworking industry
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Skin diseases
Labour inspection