work in a foundry

The history of the foundry industry dates back to 1480, when Vannoccio Biringuccio (1480-1539) first documented the foundry process. 550 years later, the industry has made many technological leaps, but the basic concept of the industry remains the same.

Foundry operations and two types of foundries

Casting is the process of pouring molten metal into a mold to create a metal casting of an object.

The foundry industry is often thought of as a place where gold is melted to make bullion/ingots. This is correct, but actually he has two different types of foundry. Iron foundries manufacture iron and steel castings. Non-ferrous foundries produce castings of copper-based alloys (brass, bronze, copper), aluminum-based alloys (lead, zinc, nickel, magnesium), and other alloys (gold and silver).

The dangers of working in a foundry

Working with molten materials presents a number of major hazards. Some of these are:

  • Explosions and burns from molten metal and other hot substances
  • Respiratory Effects from Exposure to Gases, Vapors, Smoke and Dust
  • Skin effects from contact with corrosive or sensitizing chemicals
  • Eye damage from light radiation, metal chips, dust and chemical splashes
  • Heat exhaustion, heat stroke, fatigue from hot working conditions
  • slips, trips and falls
  • Joint, muscle sprains and strains
  • Physical injury from machinery or equipment, such as being caught or crushed
  • Effects on health caused by machinery and equipment due to vibration and noise

Heat stress and other heat-related conditions It is commonly used in the foundry industry as they routinely work with materials above 500°C.

To protect workers, Elliotts Australia offers a wide range of PPE and PPC products that can be used in various temperature ranges. See our range of Furnace Clothing – click here


For inquiries about our safety products, please contact Elliotts Quality Safety me +61 7 3265 2944 Or send us a message contact page.

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