Foundry workers can be exposed to multiple harmful substances including fumes and dusts, nickel compounds and RCS. Exposures can lead to a number of lung diseases including asthma and silicosis and are associated with the generation of dusts and fumes, or the actual usage or creation of harmful materials during processing.
Initiatives to raise awareness and improve controls include:
By registering, information on these and other initiatives is available on the Occupational Disease Community site.
Specific guidance for employers on reducing the incidence of respiratory disease is available on HSE’s foundries web pages.