Stallard Kane supports the HSE’s new Metalwork Inspections
The HSE has announced that they will be carrying out inspections of manufacturing businesses that use metalworking fluids or coolants in their machining processes. Inspectors will focus on how employers are ensuring workers are protected from exposure to fluid or mist generated by computer numerical control (CNC) machines, and that regular health checks are in place.
Metalworking fluid is a hazardous substance that comes under COSHH regulations (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002). Exposure to metalworking fluids can cause harm to lungs and skin through inhalation or direct contact with unprotected skin, particularly hands, forearms and face. Breathing in the mist generated by machining can lead to lung diseases such as occupational asthma and occupational hypersensitivity pneumonitis.
Employers have a legal duty to protect their workers' lung and skin health, making it imperative to act promptly. These inspections have already begun, and will continue until March 2024.
There are three areas where manufacturing companies, particularly smaller companies, commonly fall down on compliance:
When correctly fitted and maintained, Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) systems should prevent employees breathing in dangerous substances by carrying away any harmful impurities in the air; this must be tested on a regular basis, along with system inspections.
Find out more by visiting our LEV page.
To optimise protection against hazardous materials, conducting face fit testing on Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) is crucial. Our experienced trainers are competent in performing accurate and reliable RPE fit tests. By ensuring a tight fit of the facepiece, we help prevent leaks and guarantee the utmost safety for workers with diverse roles and physical characteristics.
Early identification of ill-health effects is vital for implementing better control measures. Our comprehensive occupational health assessments help identify potential health risks in the workplace, provide a robust way of measuring the effectiveness of existing control measures, and offer tailored strategies for improvement. Spirometry, otherwise known as Lung Function Testing, carried out on a regular basis will give you the information you require about your employees’ lung capacity. Used on an ongoing basis it will help not only to diagnose but also monitor lung conditions and the impact certain exposures may have on your employees.
Find out more by visiting our Occupational Health Assessments page.
Compliance with regulations and protecting employees from hazardous substances, such as chemicals, fumes, dust and vapours, is essential. Our workplace exposure monitoring services assist you in mitigating risks and providing regulatory compliance. We also provide guidance on noise and vibration hazards, helping you prevent long-term health issues like noise-induced hearing loss and hand-arm vibration syndrome.
Find out more by visiting our Workplace Exposure Monitoring page.
Equipping employers and workers with the necessary knowledge and skills is paramount to controlling exposure to metalworking fluids effectively. We offer various training courses designed to raise awareness and promote best practices, including a Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) extended toolbox talk. We offer UK-wide training options that can be created bespoke for your business and delivered virtually, on site, or at one of our accredited course centres. Our expert trainers cater to the specific needs of different industries and roles.
The new Metalwork Inspections initiative highlights the critical importance of controlling exposure to metalworking fluids and protecting workers' lung and skin health.
Stallard Kane is a supporter of this initiative, and we provide essential services and courses to help businesses fulfil their legal obligations and create a safe working environment. By using our LEV, face fit testing, occupational health assessments, workplace exposure monitoring and training solutions, you can protect the wellbeing of your employees and contribute to a healthier future.
Act now to protect your future and ensure the safety of your workforce.
Contact us today to learn more about our wide range of services and courses. Together, we’ll build a safer and healthier workplace environment.
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