Safety Articles

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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Taking another look at SMAW safety

June 27, 2002

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It's never a good time to forget about safety. Take it from a guy who knows.

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Welder, beware

June 27, 2002

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This article provides some statistical analysis, causes for, and tips to consider regarding welding and cutting fire and explosions. It includes a sidebar about governing codes and questions to ask regarding fires and explosions when welding or cutting is suspected in an incident.

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Designing a safe, highly productive system

May 30, 2002

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The best way to make sure that machine operators can do their jobs effectively with proper safeguarding is to desgin machine systems around those safety devices in the first place.

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The basics of eye and face protection for welders

March 14, 2002

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To ensure workplace health and safety, both employees and employers need to recognize hazards and prevent accidents.

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Protecting your eyes in industrial environments

February 14, 2002

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This article reviews the OSHA and ANSI standards for using safety spectacles in the workplace, describes scratch-resistance and anti-fog coatings, describes safety spectacle protection from ultraviolet and infrared radiation, and provides tips for choosing and using safety glasses.

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When sparks fly ...

December 13, 2001

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This article combines examples of fires caused by inadequate protection from welding with information on heat-resistant textiles and how they can be used to provide that protection.

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Ensuring a plant's electrical system safety

November 29, 2001

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This article takes a look at using infrared thermography in the plant setting to detect potential fire hazards. It discusses who can provide the service, what sorts of problems it can detect, and generally explains how the problems discovered when using this technology should be handled. It also uses an actual inspection as a basis for the discussion.

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A breath of fresh air — an overview of in-plant filtration systems

November 15, 2001

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The article explains how to carry out a facility and process evaluation and discusses the basics of in-plant air filtration system selection.

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Assessing cutting and forming machine tool safety

November 15, 2001

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The expanded breadth of recent standards typically includes the entire life expectancy of machines, the full scope of possible risks, the frequency and severity of risks, and the possibility of harm.

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Staying safe during HF welding: A common sense approach to personnel protection

October 11, 2001

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Proper clothing, training, procedures, troubleshooting, preparation, and equipment for HF welding are critical if you want to prevent workplace accidents.

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Welding specialty metals safely

October 11, 2001

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This article outlines dangers of fume exposure to welders using exotic or specialty metals. The author offers a three-tiered approach to protecting the welder from fumes.

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Working safely with metalworking fluids

September 17, 2001

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This article examines the hazards associated with metalworking fluids. Health effects, including skin and respiratory disorders and cancer, are addressed. A look at engineering and administrative controls that can be implemented to ensure the safe use of metalworking fluids is included.

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Stamp of Approval: Full-court press safety: How to maintain an effective safety program end to end

August 23, 2001

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If you want a safe press operation, look beyond the machinery. Don't be surprised to find the keys to a good safety program well outside the confines of the pressroom.

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Safety with press hydraulic systems

August 16, 2001

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What happens when a hydraulic system—pumps, hoses, and fittings—fails—Knowing how to avoid, cope with and clean up the mess to ensure personnel safety and minimize downtime could come in very handy one day.

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How to avoid getting burned by hot work

July 26, 2001

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Maintaining a safe work environment in facilities in which hot work, such as welding, is done can be easier said than done. Measures such as preventive safety, safety zones, and fire watches can keep employees safe and worker's comp time down

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