Occupational health hazards in the pattern shops, core rooms, molding shops, and sand handling departments of foundries are reviewed. Specific health hazards are described along with methods of hazard detection and control. Problems caused by noise, solvent vapors, epoxy vapors, and dust in pattern shops, dusts, gases, vapors, noise, and noniodizing radiation in core rooms, gases, vapors, noise, and fumes in molding shops, and silica dust in sand handling departments are discussed. Remedial actions recommended include reporting of the problem and use of protective equipment such as face shields, goggles, ear plugs, gloves, and barrier cream. Also recommended are good housekeeping practices, regular medical examinations, and engineering controls. The authors emphasize cooperation between workers and management to ensure a safe factory environment.
National Loss Control Service Corporation, Long Grove, Illinois, NIOSH, 30 pages