PR-SF1222-1 - 2022 Safety First, December

Improvement of Work Safety and Reduction of Environmental Issues With Fire-Resistant Lubricants in Steel Plants

R. Knecht

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Fire hazards in the steel industry is not a new topic and every effort is being made to lower the fire hazards in its production plants. Fire hazards are present in several different forms but fires induced and intensified by mineral oil-based lubricants are notorious and feared. For hydraulic fluids, gear oils and greases, several alternatives are available. This paper explains typical examples in steel plants of successful conversions and the impact on safety and environment. In addition, this paper describes what change can be made to the choice of lubricants to get to a situation with significant reduced risk, enhanced work safety, and a secured productivity in casters, rolling mills and auxiliary equipment.

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