GROUP ENDORSES HSE GUIDANCE ‘WORKING SAFELY WITH METALWORKING
guidance HSG231: Working Safely with Metalworking Fluids:
Good Practice Manual has been developed with considerable
input from industry trade bodies such as: - British Lubricants
Federation (UKLA w/e Jan 2005) – Metalworking Fluid Product
Stewardship Group, who endorsed its contents and the principles
of good practice contained in it, The Engineering Employers
Federation, Energy Institute (was Institute of Petroleum),
Machine Technologies Association (was MTTA), Amicus - AEEU
and Envirowise. In addition, the MWF PSG agrees with and fully
supports the HSE initiatives to give a better control of metalworking
recommendations given in this guidance are seen as ‘Best Practice’.
Users of metalworking fluids who takes steps to follows the
principles in this guidance will find real benefits in terms
of reduced ill health, as well as prolonged fluid life, increased
tool life, and improved machining performance. Adopting ‘Best
Practice’ produces a ‘Win-Win’ situation. End-user companies
should see other important benefits, such as improvements
to their ‘financial bottom line’ - due to cost reductions,
potentially less sick leave and improved productivity. It
is important to facilitate a revitalisation of health and
safety practices by closely working with the engineering sector
to improve standards, control and reduce the cases of work-related
ill health and the number of working days lost. Your fluid
supplier, as member of the MWF PSG, can give you more information.
MAINLY SMALL AND MEDIUM SIZED CUSTOMERS (SMEs).
the HSE and UKLA new websites areas are a good first step
in educating end-users, we want to do more.
ideas include the following,
UKLA MWF-PS group suggests a multi-level approach to reach
MWF users: -
Educating the MWF user’s senior management, stressing the
importance of conducting regular ‘risk assessments’ for
• Educating the middle management staff responsible for
• Educating the machine operators. Different approaches
may be needed to ensure success and these may require different
• A mail-shot (letter) may be enough to reach the top level
• Middle management staff responsible for MWFs may require
more help and this could include a DVD and / or access to
the UKLA MWF-PS web site, and
• For machine operators, industry standard information multi-page
labels on packages have been suggested as a way to present
detailed ‘Best Practice’ pointers to generate curiosity
and initiate upward pressure on user management to adopt
‘Best Practice’ for MWFs.
Working Group will develop this concept further.
the Health and Safety Executive Metalworking
Guidance website for further guidance on LINKS