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The Aluminum Industry’s Efforts To Prevent Molten Metal Explosions

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The Aluminum Industry’s Efforts To Prevent Molten Metal Explosions

Seymour G. Epstein, The Aluminum Association

Track: MANAGEMENT ISSUES - Safety and Education

ABSTRACT --- For more than 50, years the aluminum industry has strived to fully
understand molten aluminum-water explosions and how they can be prevented. Much
has been learned through individual company efforts and through programs instituted by
The Aluminum Association with funding and participation by aluminum companies in the
United States and abroad. However, in spite of these efforts, explosions continue to
occur throughout the industry, including at extrusion plant casthouses. The Association’s
ongoing molten-metal safety program has included a number of basic and applied
research studies, an international incident reporting program, a scrap rejection
notification program, guidelines and training aids on handling and remelting scrap and
sow, testing of fabrics to protect employees exposed to molten metal and pot bath, and a
continuing series of safety workshops. The information gleaned from these efforts is
incorporated in the Third Edition of Guidelines for Handling Molten Aluminum published
by the Association in July 2002. An update on the results of these efforts and the new
information contained in the guidelines will be presented.

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