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Protecting Against Molten Metal

What is Molten Metal?

To obtain the workable liquid (molten) state of non-ferrous metals such as aluminum, magnesium, titanium and associated alloys must achieve to be workable, they are heated to between 520 and 3,700 degrees Fahrenheit. The smallest drop of this molten metal present on a worker will adhere to exposed skin or non-flame resistant garments, which may instantly ignite regular clothing, leading to severe burns and even death.

Even the smallest molten metal burns can cause extended hospital stays that can be costly for both workers and their employer. According to government reports, individual’s clothing igniting and continuing to burn causes the majority of severe and fatal burn injuries related to molten metal, not the initial exposure. 

Workers in a variety of industries are exposed to molten metal hazards. These industries include:

  • Iron ore smelting
  • Steel mills
  • Foundries/fabricators
  • Welding
  • Aluminum manufacturers

It is important to protect workers from potential molten metal injuries by ensuring they wear proper PPE, including flame resistant clothing. Flame resistant clothing provides thermal protection from exposure created during a molten metal splash accident. The varying amounts of protection provided by a flame resistant garment are based upon the weight of fabric and in its composition. Flame resistant garments will not continue to burn like non-flame resistant, but rather self-extinguish  after the source of the ignition is removed.

Let G&K work with you to develop safety solutions, based upon a worksite assessment, to meet your safety goals.