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Oil Skimming Makes for a Safer Work Environment

Posted by Jim Hebert on Nov 9, 2018 3:11:10 PM

Waste oil is a common byproduct of a large number of processes. Once oil enters your wastewater, it can have a negative impact on the health and safety of your workforce.

The Health Advantages of Skimming Oil

When oil lingers in waste or process water, it traps anaerobic bacteria, which can cause adverse health effects.

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Topics: safety, oil skimming, health

Making Safety a Priority in the Metal Machining Industry

Posted by Ken Gray on Aug 19, 2015 11:58:44 AM

In industrial machining and grinding operations, metalworking fluids are used to reduce heat and friction and remove metal particles. Fluids can be water-based, including soluble oils and semisynthetic fluids, oil-based, such as petroleum oils, or a mixture containing anything from oils, emulsifiers and anti-weld agents to corrosion inhibitors and biocides, among others.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there are 1.2 million workers in the U.S. in metalworking and metal-forming operations who may be exposed to metalworking fluids. Exposure can happen by skin contact during parts and equipment handling or by breathing aerosols generated during grinding and machining operations.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), states occupational exposures to metalworking fluids may cause several health conditions, including:

  • Allergic and contact dermatitis
  • Hypersensitivity pneumonitis, chronic bronchitis, impaired lung function, asthma, and other respiratory issues 

What can employers do?

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Topics: dermatitis, metal working, metal machining, safety

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