NFFStar Online Training Programs
Unsafe Work Practices are Dangerous and Expensive. Foundry Training Courses Don't Have to be! These free on-line training programs are available upon demand!
- Foundry Noise Exposure
In May 2011, OSHA announced a new National Emphasis Program for the primary metals industries that includes "... a wide variety of health hazards including chemical exposures in foundry operations as well as physical stressors such as noise and heat.”** Text from Executive Summary contained with National Emphasis Program (DIRECTIVE NUMBER: CPL 03-00-013,
EFFECTIVE DATE: May 19, 2011, SUBJECT: National Emphasis Program – Primary Metal Industries). Foundry noise sources and abatement methodologies are included within the training program.
- Foundry Air Contaminants
During the manufacturing process, foundries and die-casters can release potentially hazardous contaminants into the workplace. The types of contaminants potentially emitted is dependant on the materials and processess used to make castings. It is important to protect employees from the hazards presented by these contaminants.
- Workplace Emergency Planning
Every year, emergencies exact their toll on both business and people. The costs, in terms of both lives and dollars, can be substantial. However, by planning ahead, most foundries can limit injuries, reduce facility damage, and return to operations much faster after an emergency strikes.
- Electrical Safety/Arc Flash
Electrical hazards are the fourth leading cause of occupational fatalities in the U.S., killing approximately one worker per day, permanently disabling 3,600 workers per year, and injuring untold thousands of additional workers with electrical shocks and severe burns. The costs in lives, medical expenses and company liability are staggering.
- Lockout/Tagout (Control of Hazardous Energy)
The OSHA regulations addressing the control of hazardous energy, also known as Lockout/Tagout, are critical for ensuring the worker safety in the workplace.
- Lead Hazards
The OSHA Lead standard is one of the most commonly cited sections in the metal casting industry. Often times, ineffective lead programs are caused by poorly trained workers and incomplete written compliance programs. Utilizing up-to-date- training materials and compliance programs can increase the effectiveness of your own lead program, resulting in a safer workplace and a smarter workforce.
Foundry Safety Training Videos
Foundry specific safety training videos are produced by the California Cast Metals Association and distributed by NFFS. Available in both English and Spanish, the complete series contains thirteen videos averaging fourteen minutes in length.
NFFSummit Monthly Conference Call
The NFFSummit is a monthly webinar and conference call exclusively for members of the Non-Ferrous Founders' Society. Held on the second Tuesday of every month, this on-line meeting enables NFFS members to engage in live discussions about OSHA regulations and other engaging topics
Regulatory Compliance Assistance
Joseph A. Guimond & Associates has worked with NFFS members for over 25 years as OSHA and EPA Compliance Specialists. Skip and Martha Guimond are well known as industry experts in providing no-nonsense compliance assistance and advice. They are available to assist NFFS members with specific regulatory questions or problems via the NFFS Regulatory Compliance Hotline.
Safety and Health Improvement Program
The NFFS Safety and Health Improvement Program has been designed to review a foundry's safety and health programs, and to assist the foundry with evalulating them against the most recent OSHA enforcement efforts and interpretations, as well as identifying opportunities for improvement.
Written Compliance Program Templates
Reducing the burden that newly-enacted or expanded laws and regulations place upon foundries is the primary goal of many of the NFFS programs and services for metalcasters. The following written safety and health program templates can be used by NFFS members to help simplify compliance with many of the most common programs required within our industry.