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The Casthouse Safety Program

Michael Craig Indalloy, Division of Indalex Ltd.

Track: BILLET PROCESS AND EQUIPMENT -  Molten Metal Treatment

ABSTRACT --- All casthouses have significant hazards associated with their operations
and these need to be identified and controlled. These hazards include explosions due to
poor scrap selection, inspection, charging, and casting practices. Poor screening
processes could result in contaminated or radioactive materials being charged resulting
in health hazards or excess emissions. Ineffective training or a lack of procedures can
lead to serious injuries to personnel or damage to property. Failure to control any of
these hazards could lead to major injuries to personnel, damage to the facility and fines
or lawsuits. Good casthouse safety is dependent on well-written, effective procedures
being in place and well-trained, qualified personnel to carry them out. This paper should
increase the awareness of the hazards involved in the operation of a casthouse and how
to control them by setting out the elements of a successful casthouse safety program.
Participants should realize lower injury rates, reduced property damage, and lower costs
due to casthouse related incidents.

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