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Keeping up with hazardous communications regulations - TheFabricator.com

Keeping up with hazardous communications regulations

April 24, 2013

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On May 25, 2011, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration decided to align its hazard communication standards with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. Most metal fabricators don't realize that they need to update their own shop hazard communications—and they need to do it soon.

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Managing scrap metal safety - TheFabricator.com

Managing scrap metal safety

February 28, 2013

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Cuts, broken bones, and even amputations—these types of injuries are a real possibility for a worker in a metal forming shop even after the final part has been stamped and formed in the press. That's because managing metal scrap, like any other manufacturing operation, requires the establishment of safe work practices.

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A road map for managing welding fume - TheFabricator.com

A road map for managing welding fume

February 15, 2013

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While a process change is the first step in reducing welding fumes, fume extraction and respiratory systems are critical tools for employee health and safety.

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Three under-the-radar dangers in weld shops - TheFabricator.com

Three under-the-radar dangers in weld shops

January 16, 2013

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Most of us are very familiar with the hazards of breathing in toxic fumes, but here are three not-so-obvious reasons that you need to pay close attention to your dust collection practices.

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Green: The color of safety - TheFabricator.com

Green: The color of safety

August 3, 2012

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Going almost 11 years with only one injury isn't luck. That fabricating operation has taken steps to ensure that safety is considered before anyone undertakes a task on the shop floor. This is how ADM Mechanical, Decatur, Ill., created that environment.

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Making safety a priority - TheFabricator.com

Making safety a priority

July 16, 2012

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Welders are exposed to a number of hazards in the shop every day. Because of the inherent dangers that a welding environment can pose, it’s important that you, the welder, in conjunction with shop management, exercise a commitment to personal protection at all times. Carelessness can lead to preventable injury, costing you time away from work or much worse. Ask yourself these three questions to make sure safety is a priority for you and in your workplace.

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advanced fume filtration

Clearing the air for heavy welding

June 28, 2012

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Joy Global does some seriously heavy fabrication, welding atop mining shovel components several stories tall. Weld fume control was becoming a problem, so the company installed an innovative, nonlocal fume collection system to help clear the air.

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Big Ass Fans

Beating the summer heat

June 26, 2012

Summertime and the factory is even hotter. Here’s a look at one option for making conditions more tolerable and safer for your workforce.

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Light (based) guarding, serious safety - TheFabricator.com

Light (based) guarding, serious safety

June 13, 2012

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Companies should consider brake safeguarding in two phases. First, they need to consider all jobs that will be run on the machine; next, they can select a guarding system that will work with all of them.

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Depressed-center grinding wheel safety—test your knowledge

June 1, 2012

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Do you use portable grinders with depressed-center wheels? Are you following the proper safety guidelines? Take this 10-question test and find out.

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The importance of coming home - TheFabricator.com

The importance of coming home

May 1, 2012

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Minnesota-based E.J. Ajax has been recognized as one of the safest metal stamping plants in North America. It has received this recognition in part by developing good safety practices, requiring PPE, and installing machine safeguards. But most important, both managers and employees have fostered a sustainable safety culture.

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When hot, welding becomes not so hot - TheFabricator.com

When hot, welding becomes not so hot

February 28, 2012

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Welding poles indoors during an summer is not an easy task. New air-cooling technology incorporated into a welding helmet can help.

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Dealing with high forces, metal in motion, hot parts? - TheFabricator.com

Dealing with high forces, metal in motion, hot parts?

December 21, 2011

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The main topic at the 2011 EDTR Roundtable conference in Wilmington, NC, was safety. Many of the issues involve high forces, metals in motion, and red-hot parts—in other words, topics relevant to any and all tube and pipe producers and fabricators. Editor Eric Lundin summarizes the main hazards and recommended practices for mitigating them.

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Wet dust collection snuffs hazards of industrial dusts - TheFabricator.com

Wet dust collection snuffs hazards of industrial dusts

October 20, 2011

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Metal manufacturers use wet filter systems for two reasons: to collect combustible metal dust and to filter particulate in heavy-sparking applications. Applications like deburring and grinding can involve both combustible metal particulate and heavy sparking--and for these applications wet dust collection systems can help mitigate inherent health and safety risks.

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Meeting the new EPA regulation head-on

January 25, 2011

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On the wings of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) efforts to control the permissible exposure limit (PEL) of hexavalent chromium, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has gone one step further. By July 25, 2011, the agency requires that metal fabricators comply with...

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