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HHE Report No. HETA-92-280-2310, NTN Bower Corporation, Hamilton, Alabama.

Authors
Trout-D; Decker-JA
Source
NIOSH 1993 Apr:29 pages
NIOSHTIC No.
00215346
Abstract
In response to a request from the United Auto Workers International Union (UAW), an investigation was made of urticaria and dermatitis in workers at NTN Bower Corporation (SIC-3562), Hamilton, Alabama. There were 393 workers employed in the manufacture of tapered roller bearings. Even though gloves were available throughout the facility, many workers exposed to cutting fluids did not use them. Chromium (7440473) and nickel (7440020) were found in the cutting fluid samples collected. Cutting fluids all had a pH of about 9. Several metals were detected in two personal and two area air samples. Under certain conditions, the face air velocity measurements made at the rust stripper local exhaust hood were less than the 75 feet per minute. Inspection of two heating, ventilation and air conditioning units revealed a heavy coating of an oily, tar like matter on the filters and coils. The authors conclude that, even though steps had been taken to improve conditions at the facility after a previous NIOSH health hazard evaluation, skin problems continued to develop among the workers. The authors recommend that there should be a continuing effort to decrease worker exposures to cutting fluids and oils. Other recommendations included evaluation of the types of gloves used, improving ventilation system maintenance, establishing a log to monitor dermatologic conditions, air sampling for nickel, and placing increased emphasis on education and communication regarding occupational safety and health issues for these workers.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-92-280-2310; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-4; Skin-exposure; Occupational-exposure; Skin-disorders; Allergic-dermatitis; Metal-workers;
CAS No.
7440-47-3; 7440-02-0;
Publication Date
19930401
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
Fiscal Year
1993
NTIS Accession No.
PB93-234052
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-92-280-2310
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
SIC Code
3562;
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-92-280-2310, 29 pages, 15 references
State
AL; OH;
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