Carcinogen Alphabet: “M” for Mineral Oils

Mineral oils (also known as base oils, mineral base oils or lubricant base oils) are chemical substances prepared from naturally occurring crude petroleum oil.

Occupational exposure to mineral oils can occur when oil mist is generated with the opportunity for dermal and inhalation exposure and also potential contaminated ingestion.

Untreated and mildly treated mineral oils have been classified as Group-1 carcinogens.

In support of the “No Time to Lose” Campaign the SEL Group will be running an “Alphabet of Carcinogens” campaign and each week we shall release details regarding a different well known carcinogen.

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