HHE Report, No. HETA-81-317-1202, Harley Davidson Motor Company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
NIOSH 1982 Oct:10 pages
Toxicity of cutting fluids in relation to cancer and dermatitis was investigated at the Harley Davidson Motor Company, Incorporated, (SIC-3751) Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The survey was requested by the Allied Industrial Workers International Union and was performed in September, 1981 and March 1982. The facility employs 300 to 500 workers who are exposed to cutting fluids. Personal air samples were collected. Information was obtained from union and management on dermatitis and cancer. Several employees with rashes were examined by the NIOSH medical examiner. Oil mist exposure was evaluated using the OSHA standard of 5 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/m3 of air for an 8 hour time weighted average. Environmental data from an OSHA survey was evaluated. All six personal air samples for oil mist, the expected exposure hazard from cutting fluids, were well below the standard. The OSHA survey indicated N- nitrosodiethanolamine (1116547) in 1 of 10 wipe samples, but no detectable amounts of polynuclear-aromatic-hydrocarbons. Dermatitis was evident in less than 2 percent or workers. The 5 year cancer death list was not excessive. The authors conclude that no inhalation hazard from oil-mist exposure exists, but there is a hazard from skin exposure to cutting fluids. Protective clothing is recommended.
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Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, 10 pages, 10 references