Today, the Aluminum Association (AAI) and the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) announced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to cooperate in the sharing of information in area of metal powder safety. The organizations will cooperate to increase awareness of metal dust hazards and to promote safety in plant operations.
The memorandum was signed by Aluminum Association President Heidi Brock and Metal Powder Industries Federation Vice President for Member and Industry Relations James Dale during the Council of Manufacturing Associations Winter Leadership Conference.
“This is a great opportunity for the aluminum industry to continue to show its commitment to workplace safety,” said Aluminum Association President Heidi Brock. “By formalizing our relationship with MPIF, our member companies will be better informed on issues related to metal powder and dust.”
Specifically, the MOU calls for:
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The Aluminum Association, based in Arlington, Virginia, works globally to aggressively promote aluminum as the most sustainable and recyclable automotive, packaging and construction material in today's market. The Association represents U.S. and foreign-based primary producers of aluminum, aluminum recyclers and producers of fabricated products, as well as industry suppliers. Member companies operate more than 200 plants in the United States, with many conducting business worldwide.
The Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) is a “not-for-profit association” formed by the PM industry to advance the interests of the metal powder producing and consuming industries worldwide. As its name states, it is a federation of trade associations—six in all—that are concerned with some aspect of powder metallurgy, metal powders, or particulate materials. Throughout its long and distinguished history, MPIF has been a stalwart champion of this innovative technology, providing its member companies with a long list of services that help advance the art and science of PM while promoting its benefits to prospective end users.