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Health hazard evaluation report: HHE-80-129-812, Ford Motor Company, Ohio Truck Plant, Avon Lake, Ohio.

Authors
Ahrenholz SH
Source
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HHE 80-129-812, 1981 Feb; :1-13
NIOSHTIC No.
00114037
Abstract
Personal breathing zone and area samples were analyzed and workers were given dermatological examinations to determine toxic exposures to hydraulic fluid at Ford Motor Company's Ohio Truck facility (SIC- 3713) in Avon Lake, Ohio on August 19 and 20, 1980. The evaluation was requested by local 2000, United Auto Workers to determine if nail disorders among maintenance workers were caused by hydraulic fluid exposure. Of the 1,405 employees, 40 to 80 were maintenance workers. Personal breathing zone and area sampling indicated no overexposure to oil mist, copper (7440508) fume, iron-oxide (1332372) fume, manganese (7439965) fume, zinc-oxide (1314132) fume, or total welding fume; values were well below the OSHA standards of 5, 0.1, 28.6, 5, 5, and 5 milligrams per cubic meter, respectively. Culture of samples of hydraulic fluid did not show the presence of fungi associated with nail disorders. Hand eczema in some of the workers was associated with fungal infections of the feet or fingernails. The medical data was insufficient to determine if the hydraulic fluid contributed to the dermatological problems. The authors conclude that a hazard from overexposure to welding fume metals does not exist. They recommend that worker contact with spilled hydraulic fluid be reduced during equipment repairs.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; HHE-80-129-812; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-5; Air-sampling; Hydraulic-fluids; Skin-disorders; Metal-fumes; Health-surveys; Worker-health; Author Keywords: Truck and Bus Bodies; Hydraulic Fluid; Induction Welding; Fungus; Welding Fumes; Galvanized Steel; Zinc
CAS No.
7440-50-8; 1332-37-2; 7439-96-5; 1314-13-2
Publication Date
19810201
Document Type
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
Fiscal Year
1981
NTIS Accession No.
PB82-184607
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HHE-80-129-812
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
3713
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
OH
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