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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-81-341-1188, Eaton Corporation, Forrest City, Arkansas.
Ruhe RL; Wilcox TG
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 81-341-1188, 1982 Sep; :1-10
Environmental exposures and worker health complaints at Eaton Corporation (SIC-3536), Forrest City, Arkansas were investigated. The study was requested by Local 5681 of the United Steel Workers of America and was performed on August 5 and November 18, 1981. The facility employs about 550 workers including 100 machinists who were exposed to cutting fluid in the machine shop. Workers complained of periodic episodes of rashes on their hands and arms. During the initial walk through it was determined that none of the machinists had developed dermatitis since early June when most machines and coolant reservoirs had been cleaned and refilled with new coolant. Air concentrations of lead were below the limit of detection of 3 micrograms per liter. The authors conclude that a health hazard did not exist at the time of the survey. Recommendations to maintain a safe working environment include handling of cutting coolants according to manufacturer's directions.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Employee-exposure; Cutting-oils; Skin-irritants; Skin-sensitivity; HETA-81-341-1188; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Region-6; Author Keywords: Hoists, Industrial Cranes, and Monorail Systems; Inorganic Lead; Toluene; Petroleum Distillate; Iron Oxide; Total Particulates; Nitrosamine; Cutting Fluid
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