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Health & Safety Aspects in Foundries

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

The North East Branch held it's first "Breakfast" meeting on the 11th of November at the Copthorne Hotel and this proved to be very successful attracting 35 members, (this represents more than 50% of the Branch membership).

The meeting commenced at 9:00 am with coffee and bacon rolls, followed by presentations by three members of the HSE, David Cole, Andrew Mulligan and Heather Cunningham on the subject of Health & Safety Aspects in Foundries. Including a lively question time, the meeting lasted for over 3 hours.

An information pack for all attendees was provided by the HSE, and the local ARCO branch laid on a display of relevant protective equipment. All in all, the meeting had more of a seminar atmosphere than a routine branch technical session, and was generally considered to be a huge success.

After the meeting, members were invited to a tour of the Davy Roll works to see the highly specialised production of complex alloy rolls supplied to world wide markets.

The branch is indepted to Davy Roll for generously meeting all the costs of the day, and the success of the event demonstrates what can be achieved by a committed joint effort by the Institute, it branches and the Industry it serves.

The 'experiment' continues with another breakfast meeting on the 12th January to be held at the Doncasters Paralloy works in Billingham, when the subject will be "Training for the Future" .