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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-94-0179-2516, Diamet Corporation, Columbus, Indiana.

Authors
Kinnes-GM; Martinez-KF; Lushniak-BD
Source
NIOSH 1995 Jul; :1-26
NIOSHTIC No.
00229495
Abstract
In response to a request from employees of DIAMET Corporation (SIC- 3714), Columbus, Indiana, an investigation was begun into reported dermatitis and respiratory symptoms which were thought to be associated with the application of a rust preventive oil to finished metal parts. DIAMET manufactured sintered, metal machinery components using a powder metallurgy process. At the time of manual inspection, the parts were treated with the rust preventative oil just prior to packaging. Approximately 24 material handlers and packers were involved with applying the rust preventive oil during a work week. At the time of the study the oil was applied using either an automatic spray table or a manual spray bottle. The oil mist concentrations for the personal breathing zone samples ranged from below the minimum detectable to 0.29mg/m3. The concentrations for the area samples from the spray applications ranged from 0.21 to 5.4 mg/m3. The time weighted average concentrations for all the personal breathing zone and area samples were below the NIOSH recommend exposure limits of 5 and 350mg/m3, for oil mist and naphthas, respectively. The authors conclude that there was a potential for exposures to rust preventative oil during manual spraying. Design deficiencies were cited in the automatic spray tables which, when modified, will improve their effectiveness.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-94-0179-2516; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-5; Oil-mists; Assembly-line-workers; Respiratory-system-disorders; Skin-irritants; Skin-exposure; Coatings; Occupational-exposure
Publication Date
19950701
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1995
NTIS Accession No.
PB96-115514
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-94-0179-2516
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
Priority Area
Respiratory-system-disorders
SIC Code
3714
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
IN; OH
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