James Brunson, Navistar; Delayne Duke, OSHA; Luis Ramos-Morales, OSHA; and Eloise Minton-Jackson, OSHA don appropriate PPE in preparation to tour the Navistar foundry.
It was an unusual couple of days for the 19 Compliance Safety and Health Officers (CSHOs) from the Madison, Milwaukee, and Appleton, Wisconsin Area Offices and the OSHA Region V Regional Office in Chicago, Illinois, who attended a 2-day training program, "Introduction to Metal Casting," at the Navistar International foundry in Waukesha, Wisconsin. As far as we know, CSHOs have not been invited to training programs at a foundry; so when the invitation came, my colleagues and I jumped at the chance to learn the process from the experts.
We spent the first day and a half in a classroom learning the about cope and drag (the upper and lower parts of a two-part casting flask), types of sand, and types of molds. After lunch on the second day, when our heads were spinning from all the new information, we took a 2-hour tour of the entire foundry and then regrouped to discuss what we had seen. The Navistar safety team participated in the discussion. During the open discussion of safety and health, we CSHOs mentioned the few concerns we had noted during the tour; Navistar management informed us that they shared our concerns and had already addressed them and that the employees were working safely. In addition, we CSHOs were given more information which led to our better understanding the processes we had seen during the tour.
At the end of the 2 days, CSHOs commented as follows: "Where was this course 8 years ago when I started doing foundry inspections"? "Great course – learned a lot about the hazards of the industry," "One of the best training courses I've been to," and "This course should be offered to everyone." The CSHOs attending the training would like to thank the members of the
OSHA and American Foundry Alliance for sponsoring this training and Navistar
International for inviting OSHA staffers into its facility.
Julie Evans is the Region V Team Leader for Cooperative and State Programs.
Published in Alliance Quarterly Review, September 2009 Issu