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Summary of results - large metalworking fluid user project 05-06

HSE carried out a national project in 2005/2006 to reduce the risk of respiratory illness from exposure to metal working fluids (MWFs) at large users. Large users were defined as organisations using more than 1000 litres of concentrate or neat oil per annum. Questionnaires, designed to explore MWF management, were sent to 164 organisations and 116 (71%) were returned. HSE inspectors visited 43 companies and improvement notices (IN) were served on 11 of them. The INs required suitable and sufficient assessment of the health risks associated with MWF exposure. The project revealed that:

Updated 2012-11-28