New way to the LME

New way to the LME

news Campaign boost for safety at work THE FIRST pan-European campaign to reduce the risks of chemicals, biological agents and other dangerous substan...

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news Campaign boost for safety at work THE FIRST pan-European campaign to reduce the risks of chemicals, biological agents and other dangerous substances at work has been launched by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work. It is backed by the European Commission and the European Parliament. The Agency estimates that one fifth of EU employees 32 million people - are exposed to carcinogens, and it claims that almost as many inhale fumes and vapours for at least a quarter of their working time, including organic solvents, wood dust and welding fumes. Costs are measured in hundreds of millions of Euros. The sectors with the highest risks range from construc-

tion and agriculture to printing, cleaning, health care and automotive mechanics. The risks, says the Agency, are heightened by inadequate regulatory compliance and information. One study found that only 12 per cent of companies were aware of their regulatory duties, while another found that 20 per cent of data sheets supplied by manufacturers of hazardous substances contained errors. Cancers, sthma and neuropsychiatric problems are just some of the illnesses that can be caused by the 100 000 chemicals marketed in the EU, as well as biological agents. The Agency is to stage a European Week around the campaign this month.

PM's part in defence A TWO-DAY seminar on powder metallurgy in defence-related industries is to be staged by the Metal Powder Industries Federation in Baltimore later this month. The aim of the seminar is to set out the benefits for companies in gaining government contracts. The seminar, on October 21 - 22 at the Inn on the Colonnade, Baltimore, will review PM activities in the industries that support the Department of Defense (DoD) and other related government agencies - the Department of Energy (DoE) and the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) among them. It will feature • Working with the DoD;

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• Repair, maintenance and emerging technologies; • Refractory metals; and • Structural applications for PM parts and powders

New way to the LME SDS Applications has launched the latest version of its Order Routing connecting to the London Metal Exchange. The SDS web-based system will enable LME members to offer clients access to LME Select. LME members have full control over the service level offered and access options can be tailored specifically for individual clients.

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