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HHE Determination Report No. HHE-77-108-520, Chevrolet - Transmission Plant No. 1, Toledo, Ohio, August 1978.

Authors
Moseley-CL
Source
NIOSH 1978 Aug:11 pages
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00099495
Abstract
Environmental and medical surveys were conducted from March 21 to 23, 1978 to investigate employee exposure to oil mist and evaluate suspected cancers occurring as a result of the exposure at Chevrolet, Transmission Facility (SIC-3714) Number 1 in Toledo, Ohio. The investigation was requested by an authorized representative on behalf of approximately 50 affected employees. Analysis for oil mist in environmental samples indicated that exposures were below recommended criteria. Analysis of solvent vapors indicated the presence of benzene (71432) and toluene (108883) at concentrations below the recommended criteria. Analysis of bulk samples indicated the presence of coliform contamination, polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PNA) and nitrosamines (35576911) at concentrations below recommended criteria. Medical surveys revealed that five of 17 workers had skin problems related to contact with the coolant oil. Medical records could not be obtained from employees suspected of suffering from occupational disease, therefore no conclusion could be drawn about the presence of an occupationally related cancer risk among the bar stock operators. The author concludes that there is little chance of exposure to coolant oils from inhalation but a good possibility exists of contact dermatitis developing among susceptible individuals. The author recommends that the operator use splash shields on the bar stock machines to avoid contamination, that operators be supplied with protective gloves, that bar stock machines be periodically steam cleaned and the coolant changed, that company industrial hygiene personnel periodically monitor the bar stock operation for nitrosamines, benzene, toluene, and PNAs and that possible fecal contamination of the coolant be investigated.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; HHE-77-108-520; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-5; Carcinogens; Oil-mist-vapors; Toxic-effects; Air-samples; Solvents; Health-surveys; Contact-dermatitis; Protective-equipment; Industrial-hygiene; Automotive-industry; Humans;
CAS No.
71-43-2; 108-88-3; 35576-91-1;
Publication Date
19780801
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1978
NTIS Accession No.
PB81-150500
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HHE-77-108-520
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
SIC Code
3714;
Source Name
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HHE-77-108-520, 11 pages, 13 references
State
OH;
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