Hygiene, Security, Handling

Under normal conditions of utilisation, lubricants do not present any particular risks. However, in the case of an incorrect handling or accidents, hazard for health may occur.


Most lubricants have a low toxicity level, but the exposures to which users can be submitted are multiple. The main contact zones with the oils and greases are the eyes and hands. A few processes may also generate oil mists whose fineness allows them to penetrate the respiratory tracts.

Precautions for use

In order to reduce and to prevent accidents, the following precautions should be taken:

Contact with the skin

Respect strict personal and industrial hygiene rules. To avoid contact with the body:

  • use oil proof gloves
  • wear clothes with an efficient protection
  • do not wear oil contaminated clothes
  • solvents, such as petroleum, petrol must not be used to remove oil from the skin
  • use a protecting cream


Avoid inhaling oil mists and fumes. An efficient ventilation of premises must be installed. The acceptable limit for an oil mist is 5 mg/cm3, or even 1 mg/cm3 as it is recommended by the Research Institute).

Contact with eyes

Wearing goggles is recommended when oil spatterings in the eyes are likely to occur. In case of accidental contact, flush eyes with water for at least 15 minutes and contact physician if irritation persists.


Lubricants have a low oral toxicity level. In case of ingestion, do not induce vomiting but see a physician immediately.