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HSE / CMF Molten Metal Safety Alert

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are investigating a number of molten metal/moisture explosions that have occurred in UK foundries in the past twelve months.  Currently there are four active investigations underway. The Cast Metals Federation, following the latest HSE CHASAC meeting in March 2021, have produced

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SHIFT welcomes its first new member of 2021

The SHIFT initiative is delighted to welcome a new member to the ever growing numbers of UK foundries who are experiencing the benefits of being involved with one of the most proactive industry led initiatives for improving safety performance and reducing ill-health in the workplace. Micron Alloys

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The Health and Safety Executive are still busy tackling industry issues

Employees exposure to workplace noise, vibration, dusts and fumes are still significant issues being found by the HSE during their visits to metals sector businesses.  Besides these, there is the ubiquitous matter of machinery guarding.  All of these should have been addressed by industry by now, given

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HSE Supports SHIFT with member webinars

December 2020, saw an excellent presentation from Chris Steel, Noise and Vibration Specialist, Health and Safety Executive, on the management of vibration in the workplace.  The feedback from the audience was excellent with delegates reporting that it was one of the best and most engaging presentations on

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Deep dives possible as the Foundry Safety Initiative SHIFTs online

The SHIFT initiative, which aims to share knowledge and best practice in health and safety amongst its foundry industry members, quickly switched to on-line meetings last year. Whist it is of course regrettable that physical meetings are not possible, the organisers recognised that webinars were the way

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CMF publishes Covid-19 business support document

The Cast Metals Federation has been working behind the scenes with its members, taking guidance from official UK sources including UK government webpages, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Public Health England and others, to produce a guidance document for the UK foundry industry, to help it

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Warning – Fake HSE e-mails being sent to businesses

We are aware that e-mails are being sent to businesses in the UK purporting to be sent from a Health & Safety Executive (HSE) account. They are e-mails are  threatening prosecution of your company for breaching coronavirus rules. Be alert – These e-mails are FAKE. They claim

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Cast Metals Federation launches top trumps for directors for health and safety

The Cast Metals Federation is pleased to launch a new document aimed at helping those foundry owners and directors or suppliers of products and services to UK foundries, to start to improve health and safety within their businesses. Based on the enforcement activities of the Health and

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SHIFT website downloads page is live

The downloads page for the SHIFT website has today gone live with the first two documents being made available for public download. The first two documents are the HSE operational plan for 2019/20 which details which areas will be visited by the HSE during a planned intervention

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Can we put a cost on getting health and safety wrong? – We can give it a good go!

People say you can’t truly understand the costs of doing health and safety versus not doing it. This may be true, it may not be.  There are many intangible effects that are hard to quantify, but somethings such as less sickness absence, less accidents resulting in time

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