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Health hazard evaluation determination report: HHE-78-88-533, Alcan Aluminum Corporation, Fairmont, West Virginia.

Authors
Chrostek-WJ
Source
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
NIOSHTIC No.
00101010
Abstract
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.
Keywords
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
Publication Date
19781001
Document Type
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
Fiscal Year
1979
NTIS Accession No.
PB81-143638
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
HHE-78-88-533
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
3353
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
WV; OH
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