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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 are based in the heart of the UK producing high quality castings for a number of markets using the investment casting or lost wax technique. Ervin Amasteel Ltd are best known for their ...
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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 a human carcinogen. As this decision was accepted by the committee and the Health & Safety Executive, with immediate effect, there is a strengthening of HSE’s enforcement expectation for all welding fume, including ...
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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 to XSA hardeners improved emissions and made the workplace healthier for employees. Please see case studies for more details and a download poster to illustrate the results and benefits ...
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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 be employed.  Hearing impaired people work in a variety of hazardous industries and areas, when supported by employers and can have long and successful careers, the same as for any other person. For ...
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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 of SHIFT please contact Richard Heath on 0121 601 6397 or [email protected] ...
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