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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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Substance abuse in the workplace—Part 1

March 27, 2003

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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...

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Escape the 'Silent Killer'

March 27, 2003

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It was just a 20-minute welding job in a basement boiler-room, but it left the plumber feeling lightheaded and nauseated and gave him a headache that lasted until the next morning.

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Forget the ides of March, beware the forklift

February 13, 2003

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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.

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I CAN'T HEAR YOU!

January 16, 2003

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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).

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Keeping an eye on safety: how to protect welders from eye injuries

January 16, 2003

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Using orbital welding equipment led to productivity gains in one of the nation's first fusion-welded underground pipelines.

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Safety First - Creating an effective safety awareness program

January 16, 2003

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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.

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Working in a welder's wonderland

November 21, 2002

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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.

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Hot Cold Thermometers

Sweltering heat, bone-chilling cold

November 7, 2002

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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.

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Evaluating the Danger of Loud Noises in Tube and Pipe Shops

October 24, 2002

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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.

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What the well-dressed welder is wearing

September 26, 2002

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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.

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Saving face: What to look for in safety eyewear and facial protection

September 26, 2002

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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.

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Rejoice with the right respirator

August 29, 2002

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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.

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Breathing easier

August 8, 2002

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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.

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Taking another look at SMAW safety

June 27, 2002

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It's never a good time to forget about safety. Take it from a guy who knows.

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Welder, beware

June 27, 2002

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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.

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