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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Keeping an eye on safety: how to protect welders from eye injuries

January 16, 2003 | By Karen D. Hamel

Using orbital welding equipment led to productivity gains in one of the nation's first fusion-welded underground pipelines.

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Safety First - Creating an effective safety awareness program

January 16, 2003 | By Mark Paulson

A successful safety awareness program continually reminds employees to work safely using proper procedures when performing all tasks. To have a real and lasting effect, the safety awareness program must be both pertinent to the specific activities of the workplace and be consistent day to day. However, the program and its messages must have enough variety so they don't become routine or mundane.

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Working in a welder's wonderland

November 21, 2002 | By Stephanie Vaughan

A good welder is a lazy welder, according to Greg Lamm -- but when he says lazy, hemeans comfortable. His microwelding workstation has been set up with ergonomics inmind.

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Hot Cold Thermometers

Sweltering heat, bone-chilling cold

November 7, 2002 | By Marty Rice

The weather affects welders no matter what climate they live in, and even more so out in the field. The key is to learn how to cope with extreme temperatures.

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Evaluating the Danger of Loud Noises in Tube and Pipe Shops

October 24, 2002 | By Linda Baldwin

In work environments that generate noise that exceed 85 dB or with impact noises exceeding 140dB, such as found in tube and pipe, OSHA requires a hearing conservation program.

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Saving face: What to look for in safety eyewear and facial protection

September 26, 2002 | By Erica Osley

According to OSHA, it is estimated that 9 out of 10 occupational related eye injuries could be avoided through the use of proper safety equipment. OSHA's 1910.133 places the responsibility for eye safety squarely on the shoulders of the employer. Goggles, spectacles and face shields protect the eyes and face from impact from flying particles, hot sparks, liquid chemicals and vapors. In addition, protective eyewear constructed with special shaded lenses rated from 1-15 offer protection against injurious light radiation and glare.

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What the well-dressed welder is wearing

September 26, 2002 | By Julie Copeland

Dressing properly for welding involves many facets of safety, including proper use of personal protective equipment and welding tools as well as protective apparel. Welders should be aware of the hazards they will face on their job and know to dress for them so they can protect themselves from all possible potential welding dangers, from sparks and spatter to fumes and electrocution.

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Rejoice with the right respirator

August 29, 2002 | By Larry Janssen

Selecting the right respirator for a welder involves examining the processes used, the workplace environment, and the types of base metal and consumables used. This article offers tips for finding the right respirator for your application, preferences, and workplace.

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Breathing easier

August 8, 2002 | By Jerold Jay

Welding smoke and fumes can be dangerous, but there are several types of equipment designed to clean the air welders breathe. Capturing airborne pollutants at the welding source is the most effective technique available. Common designs include source capture arms, portable source capture air cleaners, downdraft or sidedraft tables, and smoke extraction systems. Other air purification devices include ambiant air capture systems and breathing masks and respirators.

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Taking another look at SMAW safety

June 27, 2002 | By Marty Rice

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 | By Stephanie Vaughan

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 | By Steve Freedman

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 | By Chris Van Hoven

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 | By John R. Womer

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 | By Kathie Leonard

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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