Metalworking fluids (MWFs) are critical in industrial processes for their ability to cool and lubricate tools and workpieces during machining, grinding, and milling operations. While these fluids significantly enhance productivity and extend the life of machinery, it’s essential to consider their health and safety impacts. As a supplier of Quaker Houghton products, we’re committed to not only delivering top-quality fluids but also ensuring the safe use and handling of these products in your operations.

  1. The Importance of Safety in Metal Processing Fluids

Exposure to metalworking fluids can pose various health risks if not properly managed. Workers can be exposed to MWFs through inhalation of mists, direct skin contact, or even ingestion. This exposure can lead to respiratory issues, skin irritation, or more severe health conditions such as dermatitis or respiratory diseases. Understanding these risks is the first step in mitigating them effectively.

  1. Quaker Houghton’s Commitment to Safer Products

Quaker Houghton is at the forefront of developing metal processing fluids with safety and environmental impact in mind. Their products are formulated to reduce misting and minimise harmful chemicals, which are common concerns in many industrial environments. By focusing on safer formulations, Quaker Houghton helps ensure that workplace exposure to hazardous substances is significantly reduced.

  1. Best Practices for Handling and Usage

To maximise safety when using Quaker Houghton metal processing fluids, follow these best practices:

  • Proper Training: Ensure all employees who handle or work near metal processing fluids are adequately trained on their safe use and the necessary precautions. Pure Lubrication can help support with this where required.
  • Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Equip workers with appropriate PPE such as gloves, goggles, and respiratory protection when necessary. Pure can help source what you require.
  • Regular Monitoring: Implement regular monitoring of air quality in areas where metal processing fluids are used to ensure that they remain within safe exposure limits. The team at Pure can provide advice and support on how to best manage this.
  • Maintenance of Equipment and Fluids: Regularly maintain machinery and fluid systems to prevent leaks, spills, and degradation of the fluid’s quality. Our in-house experts can support you with ways to help with this.
  1. Health Surveillance and Worker Education

Educating workers about the symptoms of exposure and implementing a health surveillance program are vital components of a comprehensive safety strategy. These measures help in early detection and treatment of health issues related to MWF exposure.

  1. Environmental Considerations and Disposal

Quaker Houghton also prioritises the environmental impact of their fluids. It’s important to follow proper disposal procedures for used metalworking fluids, adhering to local regulations to prevent environmental contamination. You can talk to us for support and advice with correct procedures to ensure full compliance.

  1. Staying Informed on Regulatory Compliance

Stay updated with the latest industry regulations concerning the use of metalworking fluids. Quaker Houghton actively works to ensure their products meet stringent safety and environmental standards and partnering with Pure Lubrication, can help your company remain compliant with occupational health and safety regulations.


By choosing Quaker Houghton’s metal processing fluids through Pure Lubrication, you are opting for products designed with both performance and safety in mind. Implementing the safety practices outlined above will help protect your workers and ensure a safer, more compliant workplace. Remember, effective safety management in the use of metalworking fluids not only promotes health but also enhances operational efficiency and productivity.

For more information on Quaker Houghton products, how to safely implement them in your operations and how Pure can support you all the way through, contact us today. Together, we can create a safer and more efficient working environment.

Call us on 0800 612 3536 or email