||Industrial Hygienists Sought for Discussion of Standard Method
for Automated Endotoxin Analysis in Metal Removal Fluids
On April 2 at Committee Week in Phoenix, Ariz., a new task group
will discuss development of a standard method for automated endotoxin
analysis in metal removal fluids during the meetings of Subcommittee
E34.50, Health and Safety Standards for Metal Working Fluids.
This effort is being conducted under the jurisdiction of ASTM
Committee E34 on Occupational Health and Safety.
A task group will be convened to explore the need for an automated
and/or rapid onsite test to detect endotoxin in metal working
fluids (MWF), said Jack Sloyer, Ph.D., director of Industrial
Applications, Associates of Cape Cod, Inc., Falmouth, Mass., the
task group chair. Since endotoxin in the air in MWF environments
is largely, if not exclusively, derived from the Gram negative
bacteria growing in the MWF, a rapid method to quantify endotoxin
in MWF would provide an early indication of bacterial proliferation.
Sloyer said that people working in MWF environments have experienced
shortness of breath and some difficulties due to these toxins.
Professionals who would benefit from having such a method available
would include not only those responsible for the chemical management
of the MWF but also the industrial hygienists whose responsibility
it is to maintain a healthy workplace environment, he said.
For further technical information, contact Jack Sloyer, Associates of Cape Cod, Inc., Falmouth, Mass. (phone: 508/ 540-3808).
Committee E34 meets April 1-3 in Phoenix, Ariz. For meeting or
membership information, contact Staff Manager Bruce Noe, ASTM (phone: 610/832-9719). //
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