Working safely with metalworking fluids

Metalworking fluids (MWFs) - sometimes referred to as suds, coolants, slurry or
soap - are used during the machining of metals to provide lubrication and
cooling, and to help carry away debris such as swarf and fine metal particles.
They can also help to improve machining performance and prolong the life of the
cutting tool, as well as provide corrosion protection for the surfaces of

The British Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has published a leaflet aiming to
help employees who work with metalworking fluids understand the main risks to
their health. It contains general advice on the precautions which you and your
employer can take to avoid these risks.

The leaflet informs generally, covering the following:

  • what are MWFs;
  • routes of entry into the body;
  • the ways they can affect your health;
  • the available precautions; and
  • health checks.

Further info

AplusA-online.de - Source: Health & Safety Executive