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HHE Determination Report No. HHE-77-082-463, FMC Corporation, Bearing Division, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HHE 77-082-463, 1978 Feb; :1-16
An evaluation regarding exposure to silver (7440224) solder, coolants, cutting-oil and lead (7439921) during the manufacture of bearings and housings for all types of heavy equipment (SIC-3562) was made at FMC Corporation Bearing Division. Ten employees were interviewed using a nondirected questionnaire designed to elicit symptomatology possibly related to health problems arising from their work environments. Several of the employees complained about dermatitis that may be attributed to the coolants and cutting-oil. Personal and general area air samples were used to evaluate employee exposures. Employees' exposure to airborne concentrations of oil mist, lead, antimony (7440360) fluorides, silver, cadmium (7440439) and chlorine (7782505) did not pose a health hazard at the concentrations measured. Apparent skin dermatitis was observed on 8 of 16 screw machine operators interviewed. The condition observed appeared to be characteristic of that caused by excessive direct skin contact with mineral-oil (oil acne or folliculitis). Eye strain and headaches were also reported by 13 of 16 persons from the same subject group allegedly due to inadequate lighting. Apparent skin dermatitis was observed also on 6 of 25 grinder operators which appeared to be characteristic of that caused by excessive skin contact with cutting-oil/coolants. Occasional symptoms of throat dryness and nose irritation were also reported.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Air-sampling; Heavy-metals; Oils; Skin-diseases; HHE-77-082-463; Industrial-hygiene; Occupational-health; Hazards-Confirmed; Region-5
7440-22-4; 7439-92-1; 7440-36-0; 7440-43-9; 7782-50-5
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
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