Metalworking Fluids Symposium, The Industrial Metalworking Environment: Assessment and Control, November 13-16, 1995, Dearborn, Michigan. Washington, DC: American Automobile Manufacturers Association, 1995 Nov; :4-8
Thank you and good morning. It's a pleasure to be here, and I must say it is somewhat surprising although maybe it shouldn't be, to see such a large audience for this topic. I'm pleased that someone had the opportunity ahead of me to read all of the co-sponsors because that was going to be taking up too much time of the talk, but the fact that there were this many co-sponsors for this Symposium I think really speaks to the intention of this meeting and its somewhat historic nature in terms of getting together so many interested parties at this point in our deliberations. One of the things you may note is that the government is sort of on the brink of shutdown. Some of you may have thought the shutdown occurred earlier, but in fact as far as we know, we're still operating. I can't really fully blame it on this, but I have to acknowledge that we were advised that two sets of slides would be appropriate, given the large audience and I must apologize for the fact that I have brought only one set. So in closing, I have tried to identify in somewhat of a personal way, but also in terms of where NIOSH stands now, why we think this Symposium is so critical and important. I think it was an extraordinary effort from the sponsors to have worked as hard as they have to bring so many people together here. We will certainly be looking at the usual scientific issues of reviewing existing data and identifying gaps, and I hope it's clear to you from my point of view as the Director of NIOSH and I expect for OSHA as well, that we will find this a very critical meeting, as we need to make decisions at this time about what we do next, given our current state of knowledge. Thank you.
Metalworking-industry; Metalworking-fluids; Metalworking; Occupational-exposure; Occupational-hazards; Health-hazards
Metalworking Fluids Symposium, The Industrial Metalworking Environment: Assessment and Control. November 13-16, 1995, Dearborn, Michigan