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HSE Safety alert for welding fume posted on website

There is new scientific evidence from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) that exposure to mild steel welding fume can cause lung cancer and possibly kidney cancer in humans. The UK Workplace Health Expert Committee has endorsed the reclassification of mild steel welding fume as

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HSE Publishes Long Latency Report

After a long delay the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) have finally published the results of the long awaiting Foundry Long Latency Health Risks Project.  The full report can be downloaded by going to the following link:  https://hse.gov.uk/research/rrpdf/rr1115.pdf This is a very important piece of work for the entire

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HSE Publish Health & Work Strategy

The HSE have published on their website, their Health and Work strategy including the priority areas.  The effort is being focussed around conditions with widespread prevalence, the largest lost-time and economic-cost consequences and life-limiting or life-altering impacts. Specifically being targeted are: Occupational stress and related mental health issues; Musculoskeletal disorders;

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Respirable crystalline silica OEL under review

The battle to keep respirable crystalline silica (RCS) out of the carcinogens and Mutagens Directive (CMD) has been lost and it is due to be debated and added to Annex III of the directive imminently. There is a second issue with RCS in the CMD, which the

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HSE Proactive Workplace Interventions 2016/17 highlight problems

As part of the Working Well Together strategy, the HSE as planned is undertaking three proactive interventions in their financial year 2016/17 which by the nature of foundry activities targets them directly.  Planned visits to review controls for those working with silica, asthmagens and metalworking fluids, as well as

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CMF & SHIFT working with BHSEA

The SHIFT Initiative via the Cast Metals Federation is please to announce that it is a member of the BHSEA (Birmingham Health, Safety & Environment Association) which itself is a member of Safety Groups UK and affiliated to RoSPA.  The BHSEA are one of the most proactive associations within Safety Groups UK and

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HSE Proactive Workplace Inspections 2015/2016

Starting in April 2015 and running through the financial year 2015/16 the HSE are carrying out a proactive inspection programme to manufacturing industries, including foundries, where exposure to materials containing respirable crystalline silica(RCS), carcinogens and asthmagens are used, produced or process generated, focussing on controlling serious health

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