Safety

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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Protective welding clothes

Clothes before woes

May 13, 2008 | By Tom Kijewski

Welding injuries, from minor welding flash burns to serious third-degree burns, can be painful and, in extreme cases, can cause disfigurement and lead to career-ending disabilities. Wearing the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) is an easy way welders can help protect themselves against these risks and preserve their livelihood.

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Manufacturing Machine

What not to leave at work

May 13, 2008 | By Vicki Bell

The metal fabricating industry is among the employment sectors with the highest rates of amputations from on-the-job accidents. Many are caused by improperly safeguarded machinery, hand tools, forklifts, and other equipment. Preventing workplace amputations requires adhering to strict safety guidelines, including making amputation awareness a part of your safety program.

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FMA announces 2008 Safety Award winners

May 5, 2008

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International® (FMA) recently announced the winners of its 2008 Safety Award competition.Eleven companies received Honor Awards for having no recordable illnesses or injuries in 2007:AK Tube LLC, Columbus, Ind.B. Walter & Company Inc., Wabash,...

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Multiple-use earplugs provide attenuation for low levels of hazardous noise

April 15, 2008

Howard Leight's Clarity® multiple-use earplugs are designed to block hazardous noise while allowing voice and signal frequencies to be heard more naturally. Using Bilsom® Technology's patented Sound Management Technology™ (SMT), the earplug provides uniform attenuation that blocks...

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Welding machine plugs, receptacles improve safety, code compliance

April 15, 2008

Meltric Corp.'s switch-rated welding machine plugs and receptacles are designed to help facilities improve electrical safety and code compliance. The plugs and receptacles are UL/CSA-approved for branch circuit disconnect switching and rated to safely make and break under full load up to 200 amps....

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Coil feeder

Predicting and preventing workplace accidents

April 15, 2008 | By Kelly Langdon

Can workplace accidents be predicted and prevented? Aeroglide safety professional Kelly Langdon believes it's not only possible, but that doing so is critical for a company's success. In this article, Langdon explains the three-step process he uses to ensure his company's employees' well-being.

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3M welding helmet wins international design award

March 11, 2008

The Speedglas™ SL (super-light) welding helmet and autodarkening filter (ADF) from 3M™, St. Paul, Minn., recently received an international Red Dot Design award. With more than 7,000 submissions from 60 countries, the international Red Dot program ranks among the largest and most...

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Automotive Stamper

Cleaning the air, boosting morale

March 11, 2008

An automotive stamping plant located in Plymouth, Mich., recently integrated more welding cells. In an effort to continue with its aggressive stance on employee health, the company integrated RoboVent™ air filtration systems from Great Lakes Air Systems.

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Bench grinder safety scale facilitates OSHA, ANSI compliance

February 12, 2008

Danray Products LLC has introduced a bench grinder safety scale designed to check the openings between the grinding wheels and tongues and work rests for compliance with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.215, ANSI B11.9, and ANSI B7.1 grinder safety standards. A 0.25-in.-dia. hole allows users to attach the scale...

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Full-brim hard hat deflects falling objects

February 12, 2008

Fibre-Metal SUPEREIGHT® E1 full-brim hard hats from North Safety Products protect workers from rain, falling debris, and UV rays. The crown design deflects falling objects, and an eight-point suspension protects the worker's head.The company ships the hard hats fully...

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Respiratory system has long battery life

February 12, 2008

The Clean-Air Flow™ respiratory system from ArcOne® has a long battery life, quick-charging batteries, smart chargers, audible alarms for low battery and clogged filters, a strong blower motor, variable speed adjustments, automatic speed changes as the filters become clogged, single P3...

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HEPA after module available for air filtration systems

February 12, 2008

Great Lakes Air Systems offers a HEPA after module for air filtration systems used in plasma and laser cutting applications, as well as in welding applications requiring stringent air quality standards.The High Efficiency Particulate Arrestance is 99.997 percent efficient at 0.3 micron and complies...

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LIA offers safety officer training course online

February 12, 2008

The Laser Institute of America (LIA), Orlando, Fla., an international society for laser applications and safety, now offers an online course for laser safety officers.The Laser Safety Officer online course uses a nonmathematical approach designed to teach the administrative duties of the laser...

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Safety light curtain available in finger, hand, hand/limb/body protection configurations

January 15, 2008

The F3SJ safety light curtain is available from Omron Scientific Technologies Inc. in finger-protection, hand-protection, and hand/limb/body-protection configurations. Sensors with protective heights of up to nearly 8.2 ft. are available for applications that involve large workpieces.The...

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FABTECH hosts 31,000 visitors, covers 461,627 sq. ft.

January 15, 2008

The 2007 FABTECH® International & AWS Welding Show at McCormick Place in Chicago hosted more exhibiting companies and covered more exhibit space than any previous FABTECH. Filling 461,627 sq. ft. of booth space, the show attracted nearly 31,000 visitors from more than 75 countries, a 27 percent...

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