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    Hydraulic fluid hazards

    Does anyone know anything about the hazards of hydraulic fluids, i.e. inhaling the fumes and the side effects from it?

    While making repairs to the elevator at work, there was a major problem. I'm not sure how it happened, but the employees were told that there was a severe leak of hydraulic fluid from the elevator.

    When I walked in the building this morning, the fumes hit you as soon as you walked in, despite the huge fans the maintenance people were using to try to clear the building.

    I walked up the stairs, got to my desk and within minutes, I started feeling sick; lightheaded, queasy, wheezing and a headache. Just about everyone in my dept. was experiencing the same thing.

    We have 4 pregnant women on the second floor where I work and they were sent home. About 15 minutes later, there was a company wide email issued saying the building had to be evacuated because of the fumes, but to return to work at 1pm. Everyone was like, WTF??? Are they insane - there's no way the fumes will be cleared by then. Our supervisor gave us the option of not coming back, but to come into work an hour early tomorrow and Friday, which is no big deal, but we still get paid for a full day today. Personally, I feel if they're making everyone leave, we shouldn't have to be forced to come back. It makes no sense.

    I'm just curious if anyone knows just how dangerous these fumes are?
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    I believe simple hydraulic fumes are generally not toxic, unless the fluid is heated or burned, but I don't routinely work with it. They do seem to recommend moving to fresh air upon inhalation. Here are a couple MSDS sheets for different fluids, but obviously it can vary based on the brand & composition used. Best bet would be to get ahold of the MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) for the specific hydraulic fluid used and see what it says.

    http://library.cbest.chevron.com/lubes/ehlsalesfax.nsf/(ChevronSearch)?SearchView&Query=hydraulic+fluid*& SearchMax=0&SearchWV=FALSE
    http://www.wfrfire.com/website/msds/msds.htm

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    I work with FRH(Fire Resistant Hydraulic) fluid, that stuff is a carcinogen and prolonged exposure WILL cause cancer. The fumes can make you very sick, at least nauseous in a non ventilated area. The fumes from almost any hydraulic type fluid can manage to harm people, especially pregnant women.

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    Whenever I use hydraulic fluid on my Capt. Crunch I get irritable...

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    perhaps a case of the "bubbly gut"?

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