Safety Articles

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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Last chance: Read the sign!

May 22, 2007

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Appropriate warning signage is a critical component of industrial safety—often the last reminder regarding some aspect of safe machine operation. Labels have come a long way since "Keep Off" and "Keep Out." Various standards are having an impact on new labeling, making these messages more effective in risk reduction.

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New OSHA hexavalent chromium standards

May 8, 2007

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Compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) hexavalent chromium [Cr(VI)] standards requires certain industries, including steel fabrication, to meet specific respiratory protection requirements. This Q and A article identifies affected industries and applications and discusses how to determine exposure and comply.

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Breathing easy

May 8, 2007

A manufacturer of hospital and nursing home furniture upgraded its air filtration systems in its London, Ont., Canada, manufacturing plant.

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Locking in safety

March 13, 2007

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Assessing the work environment, creating programs, and training staff to abide by those programs are the keys to maintaining a safe work environment and avoiding steep fines, worker injury, or death.

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Interlocks as machine safety devices

March 13, 2007

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Interlocks serve as safety devices on industrial equipment and many consumer products. This article explains some applications, describes different types of interlocks, and provides recommendations for resources that can help you determine the requirements for interlocks, along with their advantages and disadvantages.

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Benefits of autodarkening helmets come to light

January 9, 2007

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Autodarkening technology has established a firm place in the welding industry not only as a piece of equipment that provides excellent protection, but also as a means to improve welding performance.

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CR(V1) Standard Complaince

New rule, new equipment

November 7, 2006

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Now that OSHA's new ruling on hexavalent chromium is official, fabricators and manufacturers across the country are examining their plants, monitoring their air, and making adjustments to reduce their permissible exposure limits (PELs) to the fumes produced specifically by stainless steel welding.

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Welder health and safety — Who's responsible?

October 10, 2006

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The "Welding Wire" e-newsletter asked subscribers their opinions about who is responsible for ensuring welder health and safety. This article describes the hazards inherent in welding and contains insight from a welding instructor, a business owner, and individuals with personal knowledge of unsafe operations.

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Fuel your safety knowledge

October 3, 2006

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The subject of oxyfuel safety is vast and would take volumes to cover completely. In fact, most large companies involved in oxyfuel cutting and welding publish their own procedural guidelines for employees to follow.

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How Safely Do You Weld?

September 13, 2006

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By addressing six common hazards, companies that perform pipe and tube welding can provide a safe and healthy work environment for their employees.

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Keep on truckin'

August 8, 2006

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Lack of safe operating procedures and safety rule enforcement, as well as insufficient or inadequate training, lead to tens of thousands of injuries each year. Safe forklift practices through proper use, adequate maintenance, sufficient clearing for travel, and correct load stability are the best way to prevent these injuries.

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A breath of fresh air

August 8, 2006

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Two standard laser assist gases are oxygen and nitrogen. However, a third gas — shop air — has become a viable alternative.

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Control risk with lockout/tagout

July 11, 2006

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Lock-out/tag-out procedures are critical when you're dealing with equipment or machines powered by electricity, steam, hydraulics, gas, compressed air, or a combination of sources.

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Saving money by spending on safety

June 13, 2006

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Although the upfront costs of installing machine safeguards can be expensive, it is far more expensive to put your company at risk for employee injury and the resulting medical expenses, lost production, fines, and lawsuits.

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Stop pickin' up bad vibrations

May 9, 2006

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Hand-arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS), vibration white-finger, and carpal tunnel syndrome are all side effects of vibration overexposure, which can occur through using grinders often. Find out how to prevent these effects and reduce your overexposure to vibrations from using grinders and other power tools.

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