What You Need To Know About: Occupational Exposure To Metalworking Fluids
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 98-116
This document summarizes the findings of the recently released NIOSH Criteria for a Recommended Standard Occupational Exposure to Metalworking Fluids. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (Public Law 95-164), the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is charged with recommending occupational safety and health standards and describing exposure concentrations that are safe for various periods of employment– including but not limited to concentrations at which no worker will suffer diminished health, functional capacity, or life expectancy as a result of his or her work experience. The metalworking fluids criteria document provides the scientific basis for NIOSH’s recommended occupational health standard for occupational exposure to metalworking fluids. It contains a critical review of the scientific and technical information available on the extent and type of health hazards associated with metalworking fluids and the adequacy of control methods.