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.
March 27, 2003 | By Vicki Bell
Editor's Note: Part 2of this series outlined preventing and dealing with the problem.Substance abuse and the workplace are a lethal mix that can raise costs, reduce profits, and lead to serious injuries and fatalities. The most recent numbers from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug...
February 13, 2003 | By Vicki Bell
Each year in the U.S. nearly 100 workers are killed and another 20,000 are seriously injured in forklift-related incidents. Workers who operate or work near forklifts may be struck or crushed by the machine or the load being lifted. Most fatalities occur when a forklift that has overturned or fallen from a loading dock crushes a worker.
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.
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.
January 16, 2003 | By Vicki Bell
Editor's Note: This article is based on the 1998 Criteria for a Recommended Standard: Occupational Noise Exposurepublished by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June 27, 2002 | By Marty Rice
It's never a good time to forget about safety. Take it from a guy who knows.
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.