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Water-mix wash fluids and washing machines

Washing machines, containing water-mix wash fluids, may be used after metalworking to clean swarf and metalworking fluid from machined components.

Water-mix wash fluids themselves may be hazardous by contact and inhalation and COSHH assessments should address these risks.

Fluid and mist from water-mix wash fluids and washing machines may cause skin problems and respiratory disease in much the same way as fluid and mist from metalworking machines:

Drying of washed components using compressed air either inside or outside washing machines will generate mist, which needs to be contained, or controlled by effective local exhaust ventilation.

See also e - COSHH essentials Metalworking Guidance Sheets.

Updated 2020-01-27