Safety

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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Extraction system protects employees against fine dust while cutting

December 8, 2016

Kemper offers the PlasmaFil Compact extraction system for combustion and plasma cutting applications. The stand-alone system features integrated plate filter technology for long service life. Individual filter elements are prevented from sticking. The entire filter area always is available when...

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Rockford Systems Joins National Safety Council

December 7, 2016

Rockford Systems LLC, a provider of machine safeguarding products and services based in Rockford, Ill., has become a member of the National Safety Council (NSC), a nonprofit organization with the mission to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the...

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Airborne hazards in welding

November 30, 2016 | By Derek Baker

Selecting a respirator for welding is serious business. Choosing the wrong respirator for a job, or using it incorrectly, may cause serious health issues.

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The 3 challenges of managing welding fumes

November 29, 2016 | By Jeremiah Wann

Welding fumes should be a real concern for fabricating shop owners. By understanding what types of materials they are dealing with, the explosive nature of metal dust, and the proper ventilation system needed to control the fumes, shop owners can keep their employees safe and focused on the job.

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Aligning with OSHA

November 28, 2016 | By Dave Knoll

Safety improvement for Anderson Dahlen was not an overnight event. It took a couple of shocking incidents and the willingness to work with, not against, the state’s safety regulatory agency before a significant change in the company’s safety culture took place.

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Board of Laser Safety launches website

November 18, 2016

The Board of Laser Safety (BLS), Orlando, Fla., a nonprofit organization affiliated with the Laser Institute of America (LIA), has launched a new website at www.lasersafety.org.The website provides a platform for laser safety officers to stay up-to-date with laser safety and certification news. The...

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3M Personal Safety Division launches safety blog

November 2, 2016

The 3M™ Personal Safety Division, St. Paul, Minn., has launched Safety Now & Next, a new blog that serves as a resource for worker health and safety news, tips, and questions.The blog provides information on many PPE topics, such as active safety, fall protection, head and face protection,...

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Gel knee pads designed for static and mobile kneeling applications

November 2, 2016

Ergodyne has released the new ProFlex® gel knee pads. They are available in short, long, extra-long, and round styles. The updated pads offers two different gel technologies that are suitable for either static or mobile kneeling applications. Lightweight gel technology and EVA foam in the 347,...

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Recordable workplace injuries dropped in 2015, says Bureau of Labor Statistics

October 28, 2016

Occupational injury and illness data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed a significant drop in the rate of recordable workplace injuries and illnesses in 2015, continuing a pattern of decline that, apart from 2012, has occurred annually for the last 13 years.Private industry employers...

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Safety and ergonomics strategy at Heatcraft: Do it safely, or not at all

October 28, 2016 | By Tim Heston

Heatcraft Worldwide Refrigeration, a division of Lennox International, has a culture in which safety is baked into the organization’s technology, processes, and mindset. If a project can’t be done safely, it isn’t worth doing at all.

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OSHA releases updated recommended practices to improve workplace safety

October 19, 2016

OSHA has released a set of recommended practices for safety and health programs to help employers establish a methodical approach to improving safety and health in their workplaces.The recommendations update OSHA’s 1989 guidelines to reflect changes in the economy, workplaces, and evolving safety...

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Single-hose breathable air system works with compressed air supply

October 13, 2016

The Quality Air Breathing System model 50 SL, manufactured by Martech Services Co., works with the existing compressed air supply to provide grade D breathable air for a NIOSH-approved respirator. With the provided 54-in. tool air hose, it can supply air for a spray gun. The system is available...

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The big implications tied to new manganese recommendations

October 11, 2016 | By Frank Cea

The American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists recently recommended a tenfold decrease in exposure limits for manganese, which are present in welding fumes. This is big news because OSHA typically uses these recommendations as the basis for future regulation updates. Big changes could be coming for metal fabricators

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ASHRAE releases new performance standard for dust collectors

October 10, 2016

Metal fabricators now have a consensus standard to use in evaluating dust collection systems. Dust collection is critical in facilities that generate hazardous substances during welding, laser and plasma cutting, and thermal spray applications. ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 199-2016 is a voluntary test...

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Hammering out the return on investment in safety

October 7, 2016 | By John Peabody

The first step in making the case for a return on investment on safety equipment and training is understanding the real costs associated with accidents and illnesses that occur as a result of the workplace environment.

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