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"Effects on Animals: Mineral oil mists can affect the lungs of experimental animals, and certain mineral oils are carcinogenic [ACGIH 1991]. However, skin painting studies suggest that certain mineral oils are carcinogenic in experimental animals; in general, the less severely treated oils are carcinogenic"
"Effects on Humans: Exposure to mineral oil mists can cause eye, skin, and upper respiratory tract irritation as well as central nervous system effects in humans. In addition, certain mineral oils are carcinogenic in humans [Hathaway et al. 1991]...Many studies confirm that poorly refined mineral oil can induce skin and scrotal cancers after prolonged, repeated, and heavy direct contact with the skin [ACGIH 1991]. In addition, repeated dermal exposures may result in dermatitis [Genium 1985]."
"EXPOSURE SOURCES AND CONTROL METHODS
The following operations may involve mineral oil mist and lead to worker exposures to this substance:
The manufacture and transportation of mineral oil mist
Use as a lubricating oil
Use as a solvent for inks
Use in rubber extenders, food additives, and pharmaceutical preparations
Use in cosmetics, agricultural sprays, corrosion inhibitors, soaps, and defoamers"
Occupational Safety and Health Guideline for Oil Mist