Working with Metal Working Fluid

As part of the HSE Work Right Campaign, the HSE is conducting inspections in the manufacturing sector.  Focusing of those businesses that use metal Working Fluids or Coolants in the Machining process.

In particular:  Employee protection from CNC generated mists and fluids.

  • Appropriate Local Exhaust Ventilation, including the adequacy and frequency of testing the ventilation extraction.
  • The frequency of fluid quality checks
  • Health Checks

Exposure to metal working fluids can lead to chronic harm to the lungs, causing lung diseases such as occupational asthma and occupational hypersensitivity pneumonitis.

Fluid and mist contact with exposed skin can lead occupational dermatitis and other skin related diseases.

Visit here to gain access to some useful guides and checklist to ensure you are meeting your obligations for protecting your employees from the hazards associated with these activities.