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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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Welding fume question and answer session with the HSE

As part of the record equalling SHIFT forum held in early July 2019, the HSE provided three key people involved in the new work on tackling welding fume to come along and offer delegates an almost unique open question and answer session related directly to the change

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Dedicated visits to foundries as part of the HSE 2019/20 operational plan

The UK government directs what needs to be done to help keep people safe and healthy. Hence in the UK we have our regulator, the Health & Safety Executive. As part of this the HSE create an overall strategy for helping to improve health and safety in

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SHIFTing Health & Safety with Record Attendance

A record equalling 91 delegates attended the July 2019 SHIFT forum, which focussed on welding fume and how to handle the risk from exposure to fumes and dust in the workplace. Due to the importance of the topic, CMF opened the event up to non-SHIFT members and

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Change in classification for formaldehyde

The EU Parliament has, after a review, adopted a position on formaldehyde as part of the 3rd wave of revisions to the Carcinogen & Mutagens Directive. The effect of this is, as of now formaldehyde is classified as a class 1b carcinogen, presumed to be a human

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SHIFT welcomes two new members

The SHIFT initiative is delighted to welcome two new members 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. Lestercast Ltd

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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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