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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-81-341-1188, Eaton Corporation, Forrest City, Arkansas.

Authors
Ruhe-RL; Wilcox-TG
Source
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 81-341-1188, 1982 Sep; :1-10
NIOSHTIC No.
00129884
Abstract
Environmental exposures and worker health complaints at Eaton Corporation (SIC-3536), Forrest City, Arkansas were investigated. The study was requested by Local 5681 of the United Steel Workers of America and was performed on August 5 and November 18, 1981. The facility employs about 550 workers including 100 machinists who were exposed to cutting fluid in the machine shop. Workers complained of periodic episodes of rashes on their hands and arms. During the initial walk through it was determined that none of the machinists had developed dermatitis since early June when most machines and coolant reservoirs had been cleaned and refilled with new coolant. Air concentrations of lead were below the limit of detection of 3 micrograms per liter. The authors conclude that a health hazard did not exist at the time of the survey. Recommendations to maintain a safe working environment include handling of cutting coolants according to manufacturer's directions.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Employee-exposure; Cutting-oils; Skin-irritants; Skin-sensitivity; HETA-81-341-1188; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Region-6; Author Keywords: Hoists, Industrial Cranes, and Monorail Systems; Inorganic Lead; Toluene; Petroleum Distillate; Iron Oxide; Total Particulates; Nitrosamine; Cutting Fluid
Publication Date
19820901
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1982
NTIS Accession No.
PB84-150101
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
HETA-81-341-1188
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
3536
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
AR; OH
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