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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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New case study added – hazardous substance substitution

As part of work undertaken by the HSE for the Exposure to substances hazardous to health in foundries research project (RR1115), a number of substances were monitored across the volunteer sites.  In the case of benzene emitted from moulds during cooling, it was found that changing from BSA

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New FAQ added – Employing hearing impaired staff

A new FAQ has been added to the website.  The question is can foundries employ hearing impaired staff? In short yes.  We know that the foundry shop floor can be a noisy and hazardous environment to be in but that does not mean hearing impaired people cannot

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SHIFT welcomes new members

SHIFT is delighted to announce three new members to the initiative. Furniss & White (Foundries) Ltd Investacast Ltd Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd We would like to extend a big welcome and look forward to working with them going forwards. For more information on becoming a member

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New SHIFT Initiative website goes live

The SHIFT initiative is delighted to be able to share with our members and others the news that as of today we have a new website to host relevant and important information for UK foundries. As part of the aim of SHIFT is to reach as many

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HSE enforcement Actions 2017/18

In their operational year 2017/18, the Health & Safety Executive issued a total of 34 notices (32 improvement, 2 prohibition) to 20 UK foundries. The notices cover both safety and occupational health ranging from unguarded machinery through to lack of cleaning and maintenance of cooling towers to

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SHIFT Welcomes New Members

We are delighted to announce that since the start of 2017 SHIFT has welcomed 7 new foundries into membership, each one committed to helping improve the occupational health and the safety of their employees while as work. The new members are: AMG Superalloys Ltd B Mason & Sons

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3M Foundry Workshop

The Cast Metals Federation & SHIFT Initiative are pleased to announce that we are supporting an industry safety day being presented by 3M on Wednesday 26th November at the Magna Centre, Sheffield. The event is designed to bring members up to date on topics such as RPE,

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Safety, Health Awareness Day (SHAD)

The next Safety and Health Awareness Day (SHAD) is being held at Progress Rail (UK) Services at their South Queensferry site (EH30 9SH) near Edinburgh on Thursday 7th March 2013 The event is open to all foundries in the UK at no cost. Topics covered on the day are: Load Safety Molten

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2013 SHIFT Forums

The dates of the SHIFT forum meetings have been confirmed for 2013. Wednesday 13th March 2013 10.00am – 2.30pm Wednesday 10th July 2013 10.00am – 2.30pm Wednesday 6th November 2013 – 10.00am – 2.30pm All forums will take place in the Brooke’s Suite at the National Metalforming

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