Guide

Metal manufacturing pollution prevention

Introduction

Metal production and processing businesses can cause significant pollution. Metal production and processing includes manufacturing ferrous, non-ferrous and precious metals and alloys; metal forming processes; bar, wire and tube drawing; and metal casting.

Your activities may cause air pollution from fumes and dust, noise pollution from materials handling and deliveries to your site, water pollution from contaminated discharges or run-off, or land contamination from accidental oil or chemical spills. If you cause a pollution incident, you could be fined and have to pay clean-up costs, and your business' reputation could suffer.

This guide describes your responsibilities for preventing pollution to air, land and water from your metal manufacturing business. It includes guidance on noise and vibration, using furnaces, vehicle emissions, vehicle cleaning and car parks. It also covers how to deal with pollution incidents.