Manufacturing and engineering safety inspection campaign

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Focused inspection campaign of companies who use Metal Working Fluids

The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) are undertaking a focused inspection campaign on manufacturing and engineering companies who use Metal Working Fluids (MWF). The campaign will take place throughout Northern Ireland during October 2018.

The campaign will focus on:

  • maintaining machinery guarding
  • how companies control risks from MWF exposure (respirable & dermal routes)
  • current Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) records to ensure the system has been examined within the last 14 months and is in compliance with regulations

Find out what the inspection will entail and how to prepare.

The risks of MWF
In Northern Ireland an estimated 350-400 people die each year due to work related ill health, costing the economy an estimated £238 million per year.

Exposure to metalworking fluids can cause a number of serious and debilitating conditions such as dermatitis, occupational asthma, bronchitis, irritation of the upper respiratory tract, breathing difficulties or, rarely, a more serious lung disease called Occupational Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis (OHP) and Occupational Asthma (from water-mix MWFs).