Alert: Due to routine maintenance on the OSHA website, some pages may be temporarily unavailable.
To report an emergency, file a complaint with OSHA or ask a safety and health question, call 1-800-321-6742 (OSHA).

Metalworking Fluids

Overview

Highlights
Metalworking Fluids: Safety and Health Best Practices Manual. OSHA. Assists employers in providing a safe and healthful workplace for workers exposed to MWFs through effective prevention programs adapted to the needs and resources of each place of employment.

Metalworking fluids (MWFs) can cause adverse health effects through skin contact with contaminated materials, spray, or mist and through inhalation from breathing MWF mist or aerosol. Millions of workers engaged in the manufacture of automobiles, farm equipment, aircraft, heavy machinery,and other hardware are exposed to machining fluids.

Standards

Metalworking fluids (MWFs) hazards are addressed in specific standards for general industry, maritime, and construction.

More »

 

Health Effects

Provides hazard identification and health effects information for metalworking fluids (MWFs) exposures.

More »

 

Evaluating Exposure

Provides resources that contain information to help evaluate metalworking fluids (MWFs) exposures.

More »

 

Possible Solutions

Highlights resources that contain information that may aid in controlling metalworking fluids (MWFs) exposures.

More »

 

Additional Resources

Provides links and references to additional resources related to metalworking fluids (MWFs).

More »

 

Highlights
Metalworking Fluids: Safety and Health Best Practices Manual. OSHA. Assists employers in providing a safe and healthful workplace for workers exposed to MWFs through effective prevention programs adapted to the needs and resources of each place of employment.