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Our underground colliery has an LHD that the brakes were partially sticking on. This resulted in the differential oil overheating (because the brakes are wet enclosed within the diff). The diff is under a possitive pressure via a header tank and breather. Once the oil overheated, oil was seen comin gout from the breather. The pungent odour was smelt through out the U/G, to a point where a mine worker was physically sick. Question; does anyone have any information of exposure limits of overheated oil, in particular 140 grade diff oil?
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Thanks for the info. I did contact our OH&S guy. In the MSDS there is a section on Composition and Ingredients: and gives you a CAS (Chemical Abstract Service Registry) number. You then go to the Hazardous Substance Information System (link attached)
and look up the CAS number. It will then give you a number of abreviated letters and numbers which correspond to differentlevels of risk. In this particular case, CAS # 64742-62-7 is Toxic and "may cause cancer", "Avoid exposure ..."
We are now engineering the rick of elevated temperatures being experienced by this diff by adding a thermocouple into the monitoring system and setting alarm and trip levels accordingly. Other investigations were to generate the vapour again in a lab and pass the vapour through a GC.
Thanks for the help.
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