OSHA renews foundry alliance
Volume 23, No. 3
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American Foundry Society (AFS) recently renewed their Alliance, with a continued goal of providing safety and health information related to personal protective equipment, heat stress, and reducing and preventing exposure to silica among employees in the metalcasting industry.
”OSHA and AFS have made significant accomplishments over the past two years,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. “Our Alliance will continue to work together to provide AFS members and metalcasting businesses with free guidance and training resources to protect the well-being of employees in the foundry industry.”
Through the Alliance, AFS developed a manual that provides information to help control the potential hazards of respirable crystalline silica. AFS also developed a guide on personal protective equipment and special clothing for foundry operations to help reduce the risks of exposure to foundry hazards. OSHA and AFS representatives spoke at conferences and meetings including the AFS Environmental Health and Safety Conference and the 111th Metalcasting Congress. AFS continues to serve on the editorial boards of OSHA Safety and Health Topics pages regarding Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout); Heat Stress; Lead; Powered Industrial Trucks; Silica, Crystalline; and Ventilation.