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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 Rebecca Wescott

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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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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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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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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Evolving robotic welding fume extraction

September 19, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson

RoboVent’s Spire filtration system for robotic welding applications endeavors to be the small, easy-to-use, and relatively hands-off version of its predecessor.

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Robotic welding fume capture 101

July 21, 2016 | By Josh Delson

The Robotic Industries Association reports that an estimated 260,000 robots are operating in North American factories. If you are joining in on the trend, it may be time to reassess the fume collection requirements for your facility. It’s best to make this part of the planning process before you install robots. If you wait until weld cells are already in place, installing the collector can be problematic. It is always better to engineer the fume removal equipment in advance for the space and the application.

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Yellow: The color of safety awareness

July 7, 2016 | By Dan Davis

If you tour Plymouth Tube's Streator, Ill., facility, you can't help but notice all of the yellow caution areas. They mark potential trip hazards and pinch point areas. The focus on safety, both visually and in daily communications, has helped the facility stay injury-free for three years now. It's also enabled the tube production facility to be named the recipient of FMA’s Rusty Demeules Award for Safety Excellence.

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Industrial dust collection goes modular

May 24, 2016 | By Tim Heston

Large-scale dust and fume collection can be somewhat inflexible. A fabricator moving, adding, or removing a few work centers can throw off the airflow balance and make the entire system less effective. A new technology aims to change this.

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Reporting to OSHA after a severe injury

May 2, 2016 | By Tim Heston

During their presentation at the FMA Annual Meeting, attorney David Jones, along with Doug Raff, owner of Paragon Industrial Controls, showed a lot about what a fabricator can expect during an OSHA inspection after reporting a major injury. They gave insights as to how companies can best navigate the OSHA inspection and citation process.

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Do safety incentives work?

December 15, 2015 | By Dan Davis

Incentives can be a good tool to draw awareness to a particular effort in a safety program, but they need to be implemented only after careful thought. Sometimes negative results can emerge from incentives created with the best intentions.

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Know your press brake safeguarding options

October 26, 2015

Press brake users should know how to work with their machine safely, and part of this is knowing what safeguards are available, and what each can and cannot do.

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Analyzing the near miss

October 15, 2015 | By Rob Sweeney

If a company doesn’t record its near misses, it’s missing a wealth of predictive information that could help prevent serious safety problems. For this reason, employees should be trained to identify near misses, and reporting these instances should be as quick and simple as possible.

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Creating a safe welding environment

September 28, 2015 | By Stephanie Lowney

Implementing safety measures in the welding environment doesn’t need to be a top-down activity. Involving employees and encouraging them to provide insight can go far in establishing a safe welding operation and maintaining it. Choosing dependable safety equipment is also important. More durable products last longer, which reduces costs. Safety products that fit well and are easy to use also reduce downtime and increase worker acceptance.

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