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The American Foundry Society (AFS) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have announced they have renewed their partnership to continue to provide health & safety parameters for workers in the metal casting industry.

A major focus for the alliance has been on personal protection equipment (PPE), ventilation and reducing workers' exposure to silica.

Through the renewed partnership the OSHA and AFS said that they intend to continue to provide small businesses in the metal casting industry, with information, guidance, and access to training resources to help them further enhance workers' health and safety.

Reliable Plant Magazine quoted Edwin G. Foulke, assistant secretary of labor for OSHA, saying: "This renewal means OSHA and AFS will continue to work together to provide AFS members and other metalcasting businesses with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help protect the most valuable asset on any ledger page.

"We look forward to continuing our alliance and working to benefit workers in the foundry industry."

Both organisations will also continue to develop training and education programs to address hazards relating to the foundry industry.

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