Protect metal workers from oil mist hazards

Employers can protect workers from the hazards of cutting fluids that become airborne through oil mist collectors.

Employers can protect workers from the hazards of cutting fluids that become airborne through oil mist collectors.

For jobs involving metalworking that produces an airborne oil mist, it’s important to remember this substance poses a potential health hazard to workers, especially in the event of long-term exposure. Prolonged interaction with oil mist – a colorless, odorless and oily liquid substance – could result in irritation to workers’ eyes, skin and respiratory systems, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Employees could show signs of respiratory problems if they inhale oil mist, leading to chronic respiratory disease, making it essential that employers protect against such hazards.

Simple, compliant measures to reduce exposure include having workers wear protective work clothing and being careful in avoiding skin contact with oil mist. If their clothing is contaminated, they should change into clean clothing immediately. After being exposed, employees should wash themselves promptly and after their shift ends.

An oil mist collector is one of the best defenses against the hazards presented by oil mist. The air cleaner acts to remove workplace contaminants from the air. This type of safety equipment can also be equipped with a variety of filter options for chemical fume removal and more.