HSE campaign to protect workers from the risks of metalworking fluids

The HSE have recently launched a campaign to inspect manufacturing businesses that use metalworking fluids, or coolants in their machining processes. Although the HSE continually make inspections, these increased visits aim of raise awareness of the responsibilities businesses who use metalworking fluids have.


Inspectors are focusing on how employers are ensuring operatives are protected from exposure to metalworking fluids or the mist generated by CNC machining, and that regular health checks are in place.


HSE have identified three areas where manufacturing companies don’t meet legal requirements:

  • Not having local exhaust ventilation (LEV)
  • Not completing regular fluid quality checks.
  • Failing to provide regular health checks for lung and skin conditions.


When we visit customers on site, we find there can be uncertainty as to what’s expected of them when it comes to managing their metalworking fluids. Our Service Engineers work with our customers to conduct routine coolant monitoring and put procedures in place to ensure regulations are met. We can provide training to ensure that all staff members are aware of the health risks, and how they can conduct risk assessments to ensure that exposure to MWF is controlled.


“We’re keen to help businesses who use metalworking fluids have access to the information they need. Helping them to keep operatives safe whilst using metalworking fluids, and also help them to understand the quality checks they should be making in order to be compliant with HSE MW05”

John Grierson, Sales Director. Pennine Lubricants Ltd.


We are happy to offer help and advice to businesses who need some clarity on the regulations. Our technical team are on hand to chat, simply call 0114 285 2987 or email [email protected].

Pennine are more than just a supplier, they offer technical support and expertise. They provide full regular monitoring of metal working fluids and any aspects that support the safe use and operation of the oils and coolants we use on our site. Kevin Martin, Health & Safety Manager, Abbey Forged Products

They offer an excellent service, are polite and offer helpful advice. Mathew Kelly, Operations Manager, Barrett Steel

The communication from Pennine is great, we are always fully informed of our order status and they always deliver on time. I have been really impressed with the quality of their oil. Mark Wood, Fitter, Betney Cop Restoration Co.

We've recently changed to Pennine Lubricants, I can't thank Bob enough for the effort and service that's provided every time we order. Always happy to do business. Mylo Charlesworth, Purchasing and Warehouse Operative, CNC Rotary.com

In fifteen years of dealing with Pennine Lubricants, I have found the service to be impeccable. Jeremy Gosling, Director, Fine Grinding LTD

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