metal working fluid health risks

Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers Look at Metalworking Fluid Health Risks

by Norris Injury Lawyers | May 5th, 2015

The manufacturing industry is a crucial part of Alabama’s economy, accounting for more than 252,000 jobs. Despite producing a large portion of our state’s jobs, workers are sometimes put in harm’s way by exposure to toxic substances, such as metalworking fluids.

Metalworking fluids are oils or other water-soluble fluids used to reduce heat or friction during metal fabrication processes. These fluids can also be used to remove metal particles from finished products.

The problem with these fluids is that workers can become ill if they are exposed to the substances. Just a few of the most common metalworking fluid health risks include:

  • Numerous types of cancers
  • Occupational asthma
  • Hypersensitivity pneumonitis
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Dermatitis

These risks are why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health recommend exposure to metalworking fluids be limited to no more than 0.4 milligrams of metal working fluid aerosols per cubic meter of air as an average concentration during 10-hour stretches of a 40-hour work week.

At Norris Injury Lawyers, we’ve helped workers exposed to metalworking fluids, and we are here to assist you if you’ve been injured. Call our Birmingham personal injury attorneys to discuss your rights to compensation by dialing (800) 477-7510 today.