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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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Electrical safety practices save lives

May 10, 2005

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Cord- and plug-connected equipment without a grounded connectorElectricity improves life. During power failures, much work and many routine activities grind to a halt. However, electricity can cause serious injury and even death if you fail to follow electrical safety practices, particularly in the...

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A healthy alternative

May 10, 2005

Employee wellness programs have a positive and wide-reaching impact on a number of bottom-line issues, from lowering absenteeism to reducing health care claims. This new evidence paired with the steady rise of health care costs has cast employee wellness in a new light.

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OSHA withdraws direct final rule

April 12, 2005

Because of significant adverse comment, on Feb. 18 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) withdrew the direct final rule of Updating OSHA Standards Based on National Consensus...

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New safety, automation catalog available

April 12, 2005

Norstat Inc. has just released its new Machine Safety and Automation catalog.The catalog includes optical and audible signaling devices; mechanical limit, position, foot, and safety switches; safety...

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Kit promotes press brake safety

April 12, 2005

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.® (FMA), offers the Press Brake Safety Compliance Kit.Created by the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors' National Association (SMACNA),...

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Covers protect against hot chips, weld spatter

April 12, 2005

CQM Inc.'s spatter barrier, bellows, and way covers with metal plates are designed to protect against extremely hot chips and weld spatter that might damage traditional fabric covers.Mounting...

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NIOSH Web page addresses demanding work schedules

April 12, 2005

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently unveiled a new Web topic page titled "Work Schedules: Shift Work and Long Work Hours."  The page contains links to...

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Addressing behavior-based safety issues

April 11, 2005

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Editor's Note: A version of this article previously appeared in the Jan./Feb. issue of Connections, FMA's member newsletter.

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Dust collectors designed for open-area use

March 8, 2005

Donaldson® Torit® has introduced the Downflo® WorkStations (DWS) dust collectors, designed for in-plant areas where dirty and noisy operations are out in the open.The modular,...

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OSHA Recordkeeping Handbookavailable online

March 8, 2005

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has made its Recordkeeping Handbookavailable online.The handbook combines information from the agency's recordkeeping rule, the recordkeeping...

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Bobcat plant recognized for safety, health excellence

March 8, 2005

The U.S. Labor Dept.'s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has recognized the Bobcat Co. for excellence in occupational safety and health. The company was designated a "Merit" site on...

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Airplane parts manufacturer faces OSHA fines

March 8, 2005

Smiths Aerospace Components faces $116,000 in fines from the U.S. Labor Dept.'s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for safety and health hazards at its 255 Sheldon Rd. plant in...

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ALSCO wins 2004 NCCA Safety Award

March 8, 2005

The National Coil Coating Association (NCCA) has presented its 2004 Best Safety Practices Award to ALSCO Metals Corp. of Roxboro, N.C. The award was announced at NCCA's Fall Technical Meeting in...

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Carpal tunnel syndrome

March 8, 2005

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Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), a musculoskeletal disorder, is the compression of the median nerve at the wrist, which can cause numbness, tingling, weakness, or muscle atrophy in the hand and fingers. CTS affects both white- and blue-collar workers.How CTS OccursEight bones in the wrist, called...

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Light curtain controllers come in IP65-rated, lockable metal enclosure

February 8, 2005

Scientific Technologies Inc.'s LCM-100 series light curtain controllers come in a lockable metal enclosure that carries an environmental rating of NEMA 4, 12 (IP65).The controllers are protected from...

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