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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Assessing cutting and forming machine tool safety

November 15, 2001

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The expanded breadth of recent standards typically includes the entire life expectancy of machines, the full scope of possible risks, the frequency and severity of risks, and the possibility of harm.

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Staying safe during HF welding: A common sense approach to personnel protection

October 11, 2001

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Proper clothing, training, procedures, troubleshooting, preparation, and equipment for HF welding are critical if you want to prevent workplace accidents.

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Welding specialty metals safely

October 11, 2001

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This article outlines dangers of fume exposure to welders using exotic or specialty metals. The author offers a three-tiered approach to protecting the welder from fumes.

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Working safely with metalworking fluids

September 17, 2001

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This article examines the hazards associated with metalworking fluids. Health effects, including skin and respiratory disorders and cancer, are addressed. A look at engineering and administrative controls that can be implemented to ensure the safe use of metalworking fluids is included.

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Stamp of Approval: Full-court press safety: How to maintain an effective safety program end to end

August 23, 2001

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If you want a safe press operation, look beyond the machinery. Don't be surprised to find the keys to a good safety program well outside the confines of the pressroom.

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Safety with press hydraulic systems

August 16, 2001

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What happens when a hydraulic system—pumps, hoses, and fittings—fails—Knowing how to avoid, cope with and clean up the mess to ensure personnel safety and minimize downtime could come in very handy one day.

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How to avoid getting burned by hot work

July 26, 2001

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Maintaining a safe work environment in facilities in which hot work, such as welding, is done can be easier said than done. Measures such as preventive safety, safety zones, and fire watches can keep employees safe and worker's comp time down

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Proper guarding protects workers: Six steps to focusing on your employees' needs

July 12, 2001

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When people think of machine guarding, usually they think of devices to protect people from the moving parts on machinery.

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Thermal spray safety and OSHA compliance

July 12, 2001

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OSHA has regulations for both facets of thermal spray environment, and shops should be aware of some practical safety tips for how to comply with those regulations.

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Dressing for success and other welding safety tips

May 30, 2001

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Whether we are attending a social occasion or dressing for the job, we all give some thought about what we are going to wear.

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Safety Fundamentals for Today's Industrial Lasers

May 15, 2001

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Addressing laser beam hazards, safety regulations for laser use, and methods to improve laser safety should be foremost in the mind of every laser machine operator.

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Common threads in workplace safety: How different committees work to ensure the health and safety of their workers

April 24, 2001

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Although various safety committees differ somewhat from plan to plan, they all function as a means to promote workplace health and safety. Different components of a safety plan include responsibilities, activities, and the structure of each company's committee.

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