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When hot, welding becomes not so hot

February 28, 2012 | By Gary Stubblefield

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? -

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

December 21, 2011 | By Eric Lundin

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

October 20, 2011 | By Mike Sweezy

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 | By Amanda Carlson

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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Wading through the NFPA-51 standard -

Wading through the NFPA-51 standard

January 17, 2011 | By John Karpus

The NFPA-51 standard outlines how to properly store, transfer, and use industrial gases; how to handle such gases while they are in their gaseous or liquid phases; and how to implement storage, piping and distribution, and operating practices. While most safe practices are based on common sense, others may take volumes of technical reference, as specified in NFPA-51, to explain.

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A feminine approach to PPE

January 10, 2011 | By Amanda Carlson

Women welders face many challenges, and one of the most overlooked is finding PPE that fits women welders properly, while providing them with a safe level of protection and allowing them to showcase their own personalities. Recently, some equipment manufacturers have stepped up their efforts to address this.

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Top OSHA violations increase; stricter enforcement program launched

September 13, 2010 | By Vicki Bell

OSHA has announced that the top 10 violations for 2009 increased almost 30 percent over the same time period in 2008. It also has implemented more aggressive targeted enforcement and higher penalties.

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Update on press and press brake safety standards - TheFabricator

Update on press and press brake safety standards

July 15, 2010 | By Jeff Ashcroft

Updates to the ANSI standards are meant to harmonize press and press brake safety standards from all parts of the world. Once accomplished, a manufacturer can feel confident that its plants meet the latest safety standards no matter where those facilities are in the world.

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Stepping it up - TheFabricator

Stepping it up

July 8, 2010 | By Shannon DeCamp

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is stepping up its efforts to enforce regulation compliance. A new agenda calls for more emphasis and resources geared toward enforcement tactics such as increasing inspections, penalties, and fines. Familiarizing yourself with some of OSHAís recent and planned actions will help you to better understand what is happening now and what to expect in the future.

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Developing and implementing a successful forklift training program: Six tips

May 25, 2010 | By Kelly Langdon

Have all potential operators in your facility been properly trained in forklift safety? Follow the tips in this article to tailor your training for your specific operation. Your employees and bottom line will thank you.

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Don't let your equipment leave you fuming

April 27, 2010 | By Al Hilbert

Stricter hexavalent chromium standards are just one reason to invest in a welding fume extractor. Providing a healthier work environment also can help you protect and retain your skilled workers. What should you consider when selecting an extractor?

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Heading off health hazards

March 1, 2010 | By Derek Baker

Each year more than 700,000 Americans injure their eyes at work equating to more than 2,000 eye injuries each day. About 90 percent of which could have been prevented if proper eye protection were used. Safe work practices, along with properly selected and worn PPE can help reduce many of these potential health hazards and help you to make sure you don't become a statistic.

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Love your gloves

January 14, 2010 | By Amanda Carlson

Pulling on a pair of welding gloves, for many welders, is like second nature. What may not be second nature, however, is choosing the right glove to fit your needs of protection,comfort, and dexterity. Just as welding processes differ, so do the gloves that are best-suited for those processes.

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Tracking injuries

November 10, 2009 | By Kelly Langdon

When considering activities that can affect your company's bottom line, don't overlook the positive difference tracking injuries can make. Recording and analyzing injury data can help you identify and correct problem areas, properly plan for production alterations should an injury occur, and reduce the impact of lost workdays.

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Recessions and industrial safety—enemies? -

Recessions and industrial safety—enemies?

July 14, 2009 | By Kelly Langdon

As you steer your company through the recession, remember that at the end of the day, it really is all about the people. Making safety a priority, especially in tough times, can boost employee morale and increase productivity. A behavioral approach to safety that stresses positive reinforcement can achieve long-lasting safety goals.

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