DescriptionCircumstances of exposure and related occupations
Mineral oils (lubricant base oils and derived products) are produced in large quantities and are contained in a wide variety of products, which are used primarily for lubricating purposes. The composition of these oils varies depending on the crude oil source, the refining process, and the additives present. Exposure to the mineral oils can occur in a variety of occupations, such as:
  • in the production;
  • used as lubricants by metal workers, machinists, engineers;
  • in the printing industry (ink formulation);
  • in cosmetics, medicinal and pharmaceutical preparations.

The degree of human exposure to these products varies widely: in the case of cutting oils, important skin contact and inhalation can occur unless adequate care is taken.