Health and Safety Support

Q8Oils is committed to supporting our customers in working safely with metalworking fluids by offering advice and ensuring you are aware of the latest legislation.

Exposure to metalworking fluids can be hazardous to the skin, eyes and more critically to the airways and lungs. In extreme cases it can result in serious respiratory diseases.

Employers have a duty of care to take adequate measures to protect operators from this exposure. In the UK it is enforced by law under The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) 2002, to keep the following records:

  • fluid monitoring and local exhaust ventilation (LEV) maintenance – for 5 years
  • records of exposure to hazardous substances and employee health records – for 40 years

Minimising risk

There are many ways employers can minimise the risks associated with exposure to MWFs, these include:

  • using the most appropriate product
  • carrying out a risk assessment and identifying measures to minimise exposure
  • conducting and recording a fluid monitoring programme
  • providing adequate LEV
  • training employees in the safe use of MWFs
  • ensuring employees always wear personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • storing packages and drums safely
  • keeping machinery and surrounding areas clean

These simple measures also help to maintain fluid quality and extend fluid life in protecting both the machine and finished parts, which in turn reduces costs.

How Q8Oils can help

Q8Oils is a leading member of the UKLA MWF Guidance Advisory Panel, which includes experts from the Health & Safety Executive, health and safety laboratories and industry

We have vast experience in handling MWFs and can help you by offering:

  • advice on the most appropriate metalworking fluid for your application, which balances
    efficiency and safety
  • assistance to help you comply fully with local regulations
  • help with running a fluid condition monitoring programme
  • general advice on applications and troubleshooting any issues

Want to know more?

Q8Oils has produced a pocket guide describing the risks involved and how to manage metalworking fluids safely.