Wednesday, September 30, 1998
Contact: Jeff Ezell (202) 219-8151
OSHA TO HOLD METALWORKING FLUIDS STANDARDS
ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
will hold a meeting of the Metalworking Fluids Standards
Advisory Committee on Oct. 19-21 in Detroit.
The committee advises the secretary of labor on issues
concerning the protection of workers from occupational
exposure to metalworking fluids. Millions of workers engaged
in the manufacture of automobiles, farm equipment, aircraft,
heavy machinery, and other hardware are exposed to these
machining fluids. There is substantial evidence of serious health
effects, such as respiratory cancer and occupational asthma,
that can result from this exposure.
The public meetings will focus on non-cancer respiratory
effects associated with exposure to metalworking fluids and
ways of estimating risk of non-malignant respiratory diseases.
Other items to be discussed include the ventilation and design
of enclosures, and occupational dermatitis related to metalworking fluids.
Written data, views or comments for consideration by the
committee may be submitted to Dr. Peter Infante, U.S. Department
of Labor, OSHA, Directorate of Health Standards Programs,
Metalworking Fluids Standards Advisory Committee, Room
N-3718, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.
20210. Twenty-five copies are needed.
All interested persons are invited to attend. Anyone wishing
to make an oral presentation to the committee on any of the
agenda items also should notify Dr. Infante in writing. The
request should specify the amount of time desired, the capacity
that the person will appear and a brief outline of the presentation.
Individuals with disabilities wishing to attend should contact
Theresa Berry at (202) 219-8615 ext. 106, no later than Oct.
5 to obtain appropriate accommodations.
The meeting will be held in the Westin Hotel at the Renaissance
Center, located at East Jefferson Avenue and Brush Street. The
hotel's phone number is (313) 568-8000.
The committee will meet from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 19; 9 a.m.
to 6 p.m. Oct. 20; and 9 a.m. to noon Oct 21.
Notice of this meeting appeared in the September 23, 1998,