Environmental, Health & Safety

Health and Safety

 

AFS COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resources 

 

General

Silica

AFS is committed to the elimination of the adverse health effects associated with the inhalation of crystalline silica. The association holds annual Environmental, Health, & Safety Conferences, along with safety seminars and webinars throughout the year. 

AFS members have full access to a wide array of resources designed to guide them toward compliance with OSHA’s new, more restrictive, crystalline silica rule.

Respiratory Protection

Environment

Air 

This section provides information on air-related regulatory and technical matters pertinent to the metal casting industry. This information is developed and periodically updated by  the AFS Air Quality Committee. 

Water 

This section provides information on water-related regulatory and technical matters pertinent to the metal casting industry. This information is developed and periodically updated by the AFS Water, Waste, & Byproducts Management Committee.

Waste & Byproducts

Metalcasting is the backbone of the manufacturing economy, a $44.3 billion industry providing nearly a half million direct and indirect jobs in the U.S.  The foundry industry is one of the original recyclers, with a long history of recycling metals, sand, slag and many other materials and byproducts.  The Foundry industry is active in all aspects of recycling, including collection of materials, sorting and screening for quality control, recycling in-house, as well as marketing quality byproducts.  Metals and sand are reused in-house numerous times and then made available to a wide array of end uses.  Foundries also purchase and recycle vast quantities of metals and alloys, helping to close the recycling loop. 

Radioactive Screening of Scrap Metal

Sustainability in Metalcasting

Environmental Justice

Events, Webinars, and Awards

Government and Policy