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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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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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OSHA's new hexavalent chromium standard

May 9, 2006

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Changes are necessary to make sure your welding operation is compliant with OSHA's new permissible exposure limit for hexavalent chromium.

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Emergency response—A critical component of workplace safety

May 9, 2006

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Accidents and injuries can occur in all workplaces. Having a well-thought-out emergency response plan and properly organized and trained team can help minimize trauma and damage. This article discusses one company's emergency response program and gives an example of its effectiveness.

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Machine safeguarding with optoelectronic sensors

February 7, 2006

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Optoelectronic sensing devices safeguard machine access and prevent injuries related to hazardous machine motion. The ultimate goals are to prevent access to the hazard, eliminate the hazard before access is attained, and prevent the unintended operation of a machine.

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Don't fall down on the job

January 10, 2006

Companies should develop a written fall protection plan and maintain it on the job site. The plan must describe how your company will protect workers on a given work site when employees are working 10 feet or more above the ground, other work surfaces, or water.

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Ergonomic injuries and the workplace

December 13, 2005

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Work-related ergonomic injuries can exact a high price from employers and employees in both factory and office environments. Even a few incidents can deal a severe financial blow to small and medium-sized companies. Identifying potential risks and developing and implementing an effective ergonomics program can help reduce injuries and costs.

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Taking one step at a time

November 8, 2005

Automotive parts manufacturer Pridgeon & Clay was looking for a way to manage the growth it was forecasting. The company decided to buy several robotic welding workcells and modular air filtration systems so it could rearrange the facility's layout and give the company the opportunity to buy one piece of equipment at a time.

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Safety Bingo

November 8, 2005

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An effective safety awareness program keeps safety uppermost in employees' minds, reduces accidents, and has a positive impact on the bottom line. This article describes one company's program that's both effective and fun. It might be just what you need to help improve your company's safety record and bottom line

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Don't let your health go up in smoke

October 11, 2005

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Although the health effects of welding exposures often are difficult to predict, components of welding fumes have a range of toxicities that, under the right conditions, can affect many parts of the body adversely. Knowing what situations and welding process components can negatively impact your health is the first step toward learning how to protect yourself from those health hazards.

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Shipyard work safety —

September 13, 2005

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Shipyard work is among the most hazardous occupations. Researching possible dangers and following standards and recommended guidelines can reduce injuries and illnesses and prevent OSHA fines.

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Metal spinner takes on OSHA

August 9, 2005

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On May 10 Jerrold Dodd was not spinning a yarn about the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The general manager and chief operating officer of a spinning company warned a congressional subcommittee about OSHA's aggressive action against his small company.

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Changing workplace raises safety and health questions

July 12, 2005

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The current economy has altered the organization of work. This article discusses the changes and their impact on the work force in terms of job safety and health.

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