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Injury Prevention Resources for Metal & Non Metallic Mineral Products - Foundries, Smelters, Metal Powders

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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.

The dangers of breathing silica dust

This WorkSafe bulletin defines silica, silicosis, and how employers and workers can protect themselves from exposure to silica dust.
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC
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Controlling Silica Dust from Foundry Casting-Cleaning Operations

"In foundry operations, workers who clean small castings made from sand molds use various handheld chipping and grinding tools. If dust exposures are not adequately controlled, workers breathe in high concentrations of respirable silica."
Source: NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health)
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Chlorine: Its safe use in foundries

"Chlorine is a very toxic gas and exposure to levels as low as 1 ppm for a few minutes can cause eye, nose, and throat irritation." This leaflet gives advice on current good practice.
Source: Health and Safety Executive (UK)
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Formaldehyde: Its safe use in foundries

"Phenol formaldehyde and urea formaldehyde resins are used extensively in the hot box and warm box processes to produce cores and moulds. The resins are mixed with a catalyst and sand which when heated, hardens to form a mould or core." This leaflet gives advice on current good practice.
Source: Health and Safety Executive (UK)
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Furanes: Their safe use in foundries

"Furanes (mainly furane resins) are used extensively in cold-set processes in combination with furfuryl alcohol and mineral acids to create bonding resins." This leaflet gives advice on current good practice.
Source: Health and Safety Executive (UK)
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Hand-arm vibration at work

"Hand-arm vibration comes from the use of hand-held power tools and is the cause of significant ill health (painful and disabling disorders of the blood vessels, nerves and joints)."
Source: Health and Safety Executive (UK)
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