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:
- Research study involving occupational hygiene surveys at foundries known to use good working practices, establishing a baseline occupational exposure dataset, characterising good control practice, identifying practicable improvements and applying simple and effective control measures.
- Foundry Industry Safety and Health Foundry Targets Initiative (SHIFT) forums for sharing information
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.