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WORKING WITH METALWORKING FLUID

HSE IS INSPECTING MANUFACTURING BUSINESSES THAT USE METALWORKING FLUIDS OR COOLANTS IN THEIR MACHINING PROCESSES.

Inspectors are focusing on how employers ensure workers are protected from exposure to fluid or mist generated by computer numerical control (CNC) machines and that regular health checks are in place.There are three areas where manufacturing companies, particularly smaller companies, commonly fall down on compliance: 

  1. Not having local exhaust ventilation 
  2. Not completing regular fluid quality checks 
  3. Failing to provide regular health checks for lung and skin conditions. 

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. 

To reduce exposure, you need control measures in place. Read below for more information and links to advice and guidance to check your business has the correct measures in place.