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Health hazard evaluation determination report: HHE-78-88-533, Alcan Aluminum Corporation, Fairmont, West Virginia.
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 78-88-533, 1978 Oct; :1-7
Environmental and medical surveys were conducted on August 15 and 16, 1978, to evaluate employee exposures to oil mist in the rolling department at Alcan Aluminum Corporation (SIC-3353) in Fairmont, West Virginia. The evaluation was requested by an authorized employee representative on behalf of approximately 50 affected employees. Oil mist concentrations ranged from 0.5 to 1.4 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/m3), which were below the OSHA exposure limit of 5mg/m3. Reported symptoms included skin irritation, eye infections, nose bleeds, loss of hair and headaches. The author concludes that a health hazard due to mineral oil mist did not exist at the time of the evaluation. The dermatitis may have been caused by the excessive application of cooling oil to the roller mills. The author recommends that the local exhaust ventilation and makeup air systems be evaluated, changes be made on roller mills to control the coolant and prevent splashing, and employees be encouraged to practice good industrial hygiene habits.
NIOSH-Author; HHE-78-88-533; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Oil-mists; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-3; Inhalation; Mineral-oils; Dermatitis; Metal-rolling; Industrial-equipment; Air-contamination; Industrial-hygiene; Author Keywords: Oil Mist; Rolling Department; Dermatitis
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