Oil Mist & Smoke

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Oil based cutting fluids are often used in CNC milling, machining and metalworking. The coolant used during these processes generate airborne mist and smoke that present multiple health risks to workers.

Not only does exposure to oil mist potentially lead to occupational disease, it also creates slick working conditions where operators can easily fall and get hurt. But employers risk more than the health of their workers by failing to contain dangerous oil mist. Sensitive shop machinery is also vulnerable to damage due to oil mist if left uncontrolled.

Health Risks

Workers can become exposed to oil mist through either skin contact, inhalation or ingestion. Many health experts believe that most occupational exposure results from skin contact. While oil mist is dangerous on its own, it often becomes contaminated with other chemicals, making it even more toxic to worker health.

Studies have linked long-term exposure of oil mist to an increased susceptibility of several types of cancer. Other health problems associated with exposure include:

  • Contact Dermatitis/ Photosensitive allergic dermatitis
  • Bronchial asthma
  • Lipoid pneumonia
  • Rhinitis
  • Bronchitis
  • Lung fibrosis
  • Lung Cancer
  • Benign and malignant tumors of the scrotum

Symptoms associated with high concentrations of oil mist include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Eye and skin irritation
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Rapid Heartbeat
  • Burning sensation in mouth, throat and stomach

Up to one million workers in the United States are exposed to hazardous oil mist on a daily basis.

Effective Ventilation

Mist collectors can effectively capture and filter out dangerous oil mists, sparing your employees from unnecessary health risks. These collectors can be installed on individual machines or in a centralized location to suit your needs. 

Proper oil mist filtration equipment does more than just protect worker health and safety. It also safeguards your business from long-term liability and healthcare costs related to workplace contamination.

Contact a Diversitech representative today to get a full assessment of your needs.

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