Illinois IAQ Expert Cautions Workers about Microbial Hazards Associated with Metalworking Fluids

The professionals at EC2 provide indoor air quality (IAQ) and industrial hygiene services to identify microbial hazards.
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Nov. 26, 2012 - PRLog -- Approximately 1.2 million workers involved with machine finishing, machine tooling, and other metalworking and metal-forming operations could be at risk of exposure to microbial hazards associated with metalworking fluids (MWFs).  Many of these workers can be found in Illinois and across the Midwest.

Metalworking fluids are used to reduce heat and friction and to remove metal particles in industrial machining and grinding operations. There are numerous formulations, ranging from straight oils to water-based fluids.  Water-based metalworking fluids can support microbial growth, which can introduce biological contaminants to the worker’s environment.  

Ed Chambers, President of EC2, has devoted his career to helping prevent needless exposure to hazardous microbial contaminants and pathogens.   EC2 has performed thousands of environmental and indoor air quality (IAQ) investigations in everything from residential to industrial environments.

“People working with metalworking fluids, or in close proximity, can be exposed by breathing contaminated aerosols generated in the machining process,” stated Mr. Chambers. “Exposure can also result from skin contact with parts, tools, and equipment covered with the fluids.  There are a number of different types of bacteria and fungi, not to mention their biological byproducts that are commonly found in MWFs if they have not been properly maintained or changed frequently enough.  At EC2, our professionals can test MWFs for microbial contamination and related microbial toxins such as endotoxins and mycotoxins.   Air testing can also determine if workers could be breathing air that has high levels of these materials.”

EC2 has sponsored an educational video about metalworking fluids and microbial health hazards that can be viewed at:

To learn more about MWFs, mold, or indoor air quality, and health & safety issues, please visit, email or call (815) 703-9000.

About EC2, Inc.
EC2 is a leading provider of environmental consulting and inspection services for clients across the United States.  Based in the Chicago area, the company provides their services to clients ranging from local companies and institutions to International Fortune 500 Corporations.
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