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HHE Report No. HETA-85-039-1723, E.L. Smithe Machine Company, Duncansville, Pennsylvania.

Authors
Bennett-DE
Source
NIOSH 1986 Aug:31 pages
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00165799
Abstract
The International Association of Machinists Local 2348 requested an investigation of reported skin rashes and headaches associated with cutting and cooling oils and solvents used in the machine shop of the Smithe Machine Company (SIC-3549), Duncansville, Pennsylvania. Cutting oils in use were not regularly changed. Headaches, dizziness, and respiratory complaints were considered by workers to be caused by exposure to SuperSolve-S, used on finished machines in a spray form. Some areas of the facility had low humidity and high temperature readings which increased the irritant qualities of the contaminants. No fresh air was brought in by the ventilation system. Of 62 employees interviewed, 42 (68 percent) had experienced skin problems occurring on their hands and arms including red skin, dry skin, cracked skin, or itchy skin, related to chemical exposures at the workplace. Xerosis, lichenification, or eczema of the hands and arms was noted on examination of 17 employees of the Lathe Department and 18 of those from the Milling Department, 63 and 60 percent of the workforce in each department, respectively. Respiratory and neurological complaints were also found among these employees. The author concluded that the incidence of hand and arm xerosis and eczema in workers in the machining area may be associated with exposure to cutting oils. The author recommends that changes be made to minimize skin exposure and provide adequate ventilation and humidification.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; HETA-85-039-1723; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Region-3; Hazard-Confirmed; Organic-solvents; Skin-exposure; Skin-disorders;
Publication Date
19860801
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
Fiscal Year
1986
NTIS Accession No.
PB87-163234
NTIS Price
A04
Identifying No.
HETA-85-039-1723
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
SIC Code
3549;
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-85-039-1723, 31 pages, 28 references
State
PA; OH;
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