HHE Determination Report No. HHE-76-83-360, General Refractories Company, Baltimore, Maryland.
Emmett-EA; Ilka-R; Ruhe-RL
NIOSH 1977 Jan:7 pages
In response to a request from an authorized representative of the United Steel Workers of America, Local 14605, an investigation was begun regarding worker exposure to phenol (108952) used in the cutting coolant in the machine shop at General Refractories Company, Baltimore, Maryland. The facility made refractory materials. The evaluation was made in the machine shop where 25 workers made machine parts used primarily for the production of refractory bricks. The worker most affected with dermatitis had been engaged in operating the Blanchard and Thompson grinding machines. Of the 11 persons interviewed, seven gave a history of the development of dermatitis which appeared to be at least partly occupational. The authors conclude that dermatitis was related to exposure to grinding operations or to solvent degreasing operations. The authors recommend that work practices be improved and medical monitoring be provided, to improve control of dermatitis associated with exposures to cutting coolants and solvents used at the shop.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; HHE-76-83-360; Region-3; Machinists; Coolants; Organic-solvents; Skin-exposure; Occupational-exposure; Skin-disorders; Hazard-Confirmed;
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
NTIS Accession No.
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HHE-76-83-360, 7 pages