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Promoting back safety—one company's approach

October 9, 2003 | By Kelly Langdon

Over the years, our midsize company, Aeroglide Corp., has used numerous methods to battle back injuries. We have tracked injuries in five-year increments and developed battle plans based on the trends we've observed.Dealing with InjuriesWe noticed that very few of the injuries were serious strains....

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Protecting yourself from gases and fumes

September 25, 2003 | By Jerold Jay

Welding gases, fumes, and smoke can cause both short-term and long-term health hazards for welders. Presented here are 10 ways to help ensure welders are kept safe.

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Exposure to metalworking fluids

September 10, 2003 | By Vicki Bell

In 1993, the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace & Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) petitioned the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to take emergency regulatory action to protect workers from the risks of occupational cancers and respiratory illnesses due to exposure to metalworking fluids (MWFs). Bureaucratic wheels turn slowly.

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Safety pays

August 28, 2003 | By George Eberl

Now more than ever, fabricators must believe that safety pays. It pays to make safety a high priority, to invest in safety training, and to provide a safe workplace. The pressure to reduce costs during this very competitive time is great, but it is imperative that owners and managers believe safety...

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Workplace stress—Part 2

August 14, 2003 | By Vicki Bell

If you've visited a doctor recently and were told that stress is the cause of or a contributing factor to what ails you, you're not alone. Although you can't expect to eliminate all of the stress in your life, you can learn to manage it and reduce its negative effects.

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Does any welding shield manufacturer make a hood with earmuffs?

August 14, 2003

Does any welding shield manufacturer make a hood with earmuffs? The reason I ask is that I wear hearing aids. I teach welding and it's too hard to keep removing the hearing aids.- K. Stevens

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Can you give me some direction for finding information about developing and implementing a Safety/Loss Control program for my company?

August 14, 2003

I have recently been appointed as the Safety Director for my company. I have no formal training in occupational safety. Can you give me some direction for finding information about developing and implementing a Safety/Loss Control program for my company?- M. Lloyd

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Workplace stress—Part 1

July 24, 2003 | By Vicki Bell

Stress is a fact of life. It's here to stay, and even if we could abolish it, we wouldn't want to. At its best, stress can be the catalyst that moves us to make changes and achieve great things in life. At its worst, it can create all kinds of emotional and physical problems. What determines whether stress is a friend or foe? Whether it precipitates changes that improve our lives or whether it greatly diminishes the quality of our lives? One determining factor is how we handle or manage stress. We can be our own best friend or our own worst enemy.

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Six dangerous misconceptions about crane safety

July 10, 2003 | By Larry Dunville

Knowing how cranes should be used, and how they should not be used, is critical to crane safety. Overload, side pull, limit switches, secondary braking devices, using the reverse direction for speed control, and daily inspections are surrounded by myth and mystery in the workplace.

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Making the workplace safe for Spanish-speaking employees

June 26, 2003 | By Kelly Langdon

Modifying your safety program to address the needs of your Spanish-speaking employees can create a much safer work environment. Here's how one company achieved that goal.

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Your best safety resource

June 12, 2003 | By Vicki Bell

Do you know the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International™ (FMA)/CNA Safety Committee? If not, you should. They're an excellent resource for guidance on workplace safety issues. And they're the force behind the safety focus on

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Defibrillators—Should you have one in your workplace?

May 29, 2003 | By Vicki Bell

This article explores the facts about AEDs, the legalities surrounding their use by laypersons, and guidelines for implementing an AED program in the workplace.

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Employees value workplace health and wellness programs

April 24, 2003 | By Vicki Bell

Sixty percent of respondents to a recent survey consider health and wellness programs a viable incentive to stay at their current jobs. But it must be the right program, one that addresses the employees' concerns.

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Substance abuse in the workplace—Part 2

April 10, 2003 | By Vicki Bell

The toll that substance abuse takes on the abuser, his or her family and friends, and those who become victims of substance abuse-induced accidents and crimes is well-documented.

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Escape the 'Silent Killer'

March 27, 2003 | By David S. Luther

It was just a 20-minute welding job in a basement boiler-room, but it left the plumber feeling lightheaded and nauseated and gave him a headache that lasted until the next morning.

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