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Injury Prevention Resources for Metal & Non Metallic Mineral Products - Metal Fabricating

General | Metal Fabricating | Automotive & Aircraft | Cement, Concrete, & Stone | Foundries, Smelters, & Metal Powders | Marine

The following links list tools, publications, and other resources to help prevent the most common injuries and illnesses in the metal, non-metallic mineral products industries. These resources may not meet all the requirements for health and safety in British Columbia. Please check the Workers Compensation Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, and related materials for specific WorkSafeBC requirements.

Criteria for a Recommended Standard: Occupational exposure to metalworking fluids

"This criteria document reviews available information about the adverse health effects associated with occupational exposure to metalworking fluids (MWFs) and MWF aerosols."
Source: NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health)
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Metalworking fluids

A NIOSH health and safety topic.
Source: NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health)
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Metalworking Fluids: Safety and health best practices manual

"The manual is advisory in nature, informational in content, and is intended to assist employers in providing a safe and healthful workplace for workers exposed to metalworking fluids (MWFs) through effective prevention programs adapted to the needs and resources of each place of employment."
Source: OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration)
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OSHA Technical Links: Metalworking fluids

"Metalworking fluids (MWFs) can cause adverse health effects through skin contact with contaminated materials, spray, or mist and through inhalation from breathing MWF mist or aerosol. Millions of workers engaged in the manufacture of automobiles, farm equipment, aircraft, heavy machinery, and other hardware are exposed to machining fluids." List of links to external and internal online resources.
Source: OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration)
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Machine Shop Lathes: Entanglement hazards during high-speed polishing

"There is a hazard of entanglement whenever lathe operators use emery paper or similar material to sand or polish a rotating shaft with keyway slots or similar slotted profiles." Includes recommended precautions.
Source: Ontario Labour
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Presence-sensing device initiators in punch press operations

Unintentional triggering of presence-sensing device initiators (PSDI) can cause serious accidents.
Source: Ontario Labour
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Safe Operation of Grinders

This placard can be posted in the workplace and outlines the proper installation and proper use of grinders.
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC
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Checklist for abrasive wheel equipment grinders

A checklist for maintaining abrasive wheel equipment grinders.
Source: OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration)
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OSHA Technical Links: Welding, cutting, and brazing

"Welding, cutting, and brazing are hazardous activities that pose a unique combination of both safety and health risks to more than 500,000 workers in a wide variety of industries. The risk from fatal injuries alone is more than four deaths per thousand workers over a working lifetime." List of links to internal and external online resources.
Source: OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration)
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