AFS White Paper Explores Industry Environmental & Safety Improvements

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., Dec. 3 /PRNewswire/ — The U. S. metalcasting industry
can point to a proud record on using renewable energy sources, focusing on
environmental issues and steadily improving safety, according to a white paper
developed by the American Foundry Society (AFS).


The metalcasting industry has a long history of recycling metal scrap into
feedstock for new products, and it is increasing the beneficial use of
recycled casting sand as well as other materials used in the production
process. Through its cooperation in the Environmental Protection Agency’s
Sector Strategy program, the industry has significantly reduced energy
consumption and toxic wastes. Furthermore, the metalcasting industry has had
yearly decreases in recordable accidents and honored 12 facilities that in
2007 reached million marks of consecutive man-hours worked without incurring
an occupational injury or illness that resulted in days away from work.

“Our industry has taken a variety of approaches to effectively use
resources and encourage energy conservation, which often go unnoticed,” said
Jerry Call, AFS executive vice president. “We’re the fourth largest
contributor to the recycling manufacturing economy, and have reduced energy
consumption by 45 percent over an eight-year period.”

“U.S. Metalcasting Industry Provides Environmental and Safety
Improvements” delineates these efforts, and also explains how the industry is
contributing to the development of renewable energy sources and providing
training to continue safety improvements. The white paper is available at

Headquartered in Schaumburg, Ill., AFS is a not-for-profit technical and
management society that has existed since 1896 to provide and promote
knowledge and services that strengthen the metalcasting industry for the
ultimate benefit of its customers and society.



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