Occupational Health & Safety
In the summer of 1992 a major study of General Motors workers in the United States showed
excess levels of a number of different kinds of industrial health effects. This GM / UAW study
of 46,000 Michigan workers' health effects is disturbing.
* Read the MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets) so that you will know the
ingredients of metalworking fluids. You need to know about the additives as well as the fluid
itself. These additives are used to prevent corrosion and / or bacteria build up. When bacteria
grow in metalworking fluids, it can be easily identified because the fluids go bad (rancid) and
smell awful. Fungi also grows in metalworking fluids. Both fungi and bacteria can cause lung
disease and other ailments. Find out what the additives are. If the product itself contains
hazardous ingredients they will be listed on the M.S.D.S. for the product.
Your company health & safety committee can then determine the amount of employee risk, if
any, the recommended procedures and precautions to follow when using the product.