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The safety technology area has information for protecting workers directly with personal protection equipment and indirectly with interlocks, light curtains, machine guards, barriers, safety curtains, sensors, and ventilation systems.

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PWTV: Handling Gas Cylinders Safely

Presented by Practical Welding Today®

Length: 5:31

Gas cylinders can pose a huge safety risk if they are cared for and/or handled improperly. Samantha Noland of nexAir outlines a few best practices to make sure you are handling your cylinders safely.

A welding ventilation overview

August 25, 2015

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Incredibly high temperatures and a bright arc flash aren’t the only two dangerous elements of welding. Harmful ultrafine particulate matter generated during welding operations can pose major health risks to welders. Modern extraction and filtration systems are designed to provide effective industrial safety. In many cases, fabricators find that the added filtration equipment contributes to increased productivity as well.

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Aug. 20 webinar to focus on robot safety

August 11, 2015

Robotic Industries Association will host a webinar on Aug. 20 that will describe advanced concepts in robotic safety. Presented by Pat Davison, director of standards development for RIA, the webinar will review the latest RIA 15.06 standard and describe its enhancements. The flexibility and...

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OSHA proposal would lower beryllium levels, increase workplace protections

August 6, 2015

The federal government is proposing a new standard that would dramatically lower workplace exposure to beryllium, a widely used material that can cause lung diseases. The proposal would apply to an estimated 35,000 workers covered by OSHA. Currently OSHA’s eight-hour permissible exposure...

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Autodarkening helmet line rated value 1

August 4, 2015

Kemper GmbH has introduced the autodark® series of welding helmets comprising the professional 760 model, the basic 560i/560x, and advanced models 660i and 660x. The 760 has a 3.8-in. by 2.7-in. range of vision and has achieved value 1 in terms of optical quality, light diffusion,...

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Safe and round with tube and pipe handling?

August 4, 2015

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Worker safety in U.S. manufacturing facilities has improved greatly over the past 25 years, but it's amazing the dangers that still exist in some operations. Tube and pipe facilities actually represent a segment of the fabricating world where some of these risks are most obvious. A look at a couple of tube and pipe scenarios proves what some companies try to get away with and how those safety risks can easily be addressed.

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Breathable air from your existing air compressor

July 30, 2015

Martech Services Co. offers its Quality Air Breathing Systems to help users comply with the OSHA requirements for grade D breathable air. When placed near the point of use, the system works with the existing compressed air supply. The four-stage filtration filters the air, and the on-board...

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Trapped key interlocks prevent lockout/tagout circumvention

July 20, 2015

KIRK® trapped key interlocks enhance lockout/tagout to help ensure energy-isolation procedures cannot be circumvented. A written lockout/tagout procedure is used to document the steps to isolate the hazardous energy source. The trapped key interlocks can aid in isolating the energy source, and the...

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How employees drive a safe work environment

July 20, 2015

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The Dupps Co., Germantown, Ohio, is a fabricator of heavy-duty processing equipment that has managed to post 2 million work hours without a lost-time accident. For its outstanding safety record, the company was named the recipient of FMA's 2015 Rusty Demeules Award for Safety Excellence.

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Palm dip glove offers ANSI cut level 5 protection

July 14, 2015

Wells Lamont Industrial has introduced an ANSI cut level 5 palm dip glove with the FlexTech™ Y9216. It offers protection for applications such as metal fabrication, metal handling, metal stamping, automotive manufacturing, recycling and salvage, and HVAC. The palm is dipped in a sandy nitrile...

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Device tests flashback arresters

July 6, 2015

Witt-Gasetechnik offers stainless steel FBA testing device 722 for testing gas system flashback arresters and gas nonreturn valves up to the DN50 flange size. The device performs four different tests: leak-tightness, safety against reverse gas flow, functionality of the pressure-controlled...

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Kemper launches website

July 1, 2015

Kemper GmbH, a manufacturer of extraction and filter systems for the metal processing industry based in Vreden, Germany, has launched an information platform at www.safe-welding.com. Targeted to welders and their employers, the website focuses on hazards that exist in welding and how to prevent...

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Camo patterns added to eyewear series

June 30, 2015

Ergodyne has announced the availability of two new Kryptek® camo patterns to its Skullerz® eyewear series. The Highlander™ camo pattern is available on the Odin and Dagr safety glasses. The Typhon™ camo pattern is available on the Thor safety...

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PAPR system added to ADF welding helmet

June 26, 2015

The e3000 PAPR system from Optrel Inc. now is available with its e684 welding helmet with autodarkening filter (ADF). The helmet features Adaptive Shade Autopilot technology, which automatically adjusts the ADF to the appropriate shade level between 5 and 13 during welding. As the intensity of...

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Walter Surface Technologies meets GHS compliancy in U.S., Mexico

June 23, 2015

Walter Surface Technologies, Windsor, Conn., has announced that its chemical products, including its Bio-Circle environmental solutions line, are compliant with OSHA’s Global Harmonized System (GHS) in the U.S. and Mexico. GHS legislation, created by the United Nations, is a standardization of...

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