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Winners of 2012 FMA/CNA Safety Awards announced

March 28, 2012

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., has announced the 2012 FMA/CNA Safety Award winners. Open to all FMA and Tube & Pipe Association Intl. (TPA) company members, the program recognizes metal fabrication companies that have a commitment to excellence in...

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Research shows metal exposure from shop towels may exceed permissible drinking water levels

March 19, 2012

Gradient, an environmental and risk science consulting firm, has released new data that shows metal exposure levels from use of laundered shop towels may exceed the permissible levels allowed in drinking water. According to the research, manufacturing workers using a typical number of shop towels...

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New FMA/CNA Safety Award announced

February 10, 2012

FMA has announced a new award created to recognize companies that excel beyond OSHA recordable incidence rates — companies that have a demonstrated safety culture. The Award for Safety Excellence honors Rusty Demeules for his contributions to FMA's Board of Directors, as well as his leadership as...

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Superior Pneumatic celebrates 80th anniversary

January 30, 2012

Superior Pneumatic & Mfg., Cleveland, marks its 80th year in business in 2012. Founded in 1932 during the Hoover presidency, the company manufactures tools including air hammers, needle scalers, air grinders, and fire safety rescue kits for applications from welding to boat building....

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ROSS CONTROLS acquires DECCO

January 24, 2012

ROSS CONTROLS®, Troy, Mich., has acquired the assets of the Detroit Coil Co. (DECCO®), Ferndale, Mich., a supplier to ROSS for many decades. ROSS designs and manufactures precision pneumatic valves, control systems, and related products to the general fluid power, metal forming, aluminum, glass...

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Webinar to explain EPA NESHAP Rule 6X

January 16, 2012

Camfil Farr Air Pollution Control (APC), a producer of industrial dust and fume collectors in Jonesboro, Ark., will host a free educational Webinar Feb. 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. CST. Titled "The New EPA National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP), Rule 6X: Are You...

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Workplace injuries, illnesses declined in 2010

October 31, 2011

The U.S. Dept. of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics has announced that nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses among private-sector industry employers declined in 2010 to 3.1 million, down from 3.3 million reported in 2009. "We are encouraged by the reported decline in incidence rates for...

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Moldex-Metric respirator wins new product of the year award

October 3, 2011

The 9000 reusable full-face respirator from Moldex-Metric, Culver City, Calif., has won the OH&S 2011 New Product of the Year Award. The overmolded lens design creates a full face with light weight, fewer parts, expanded field of vision, and minimal maintenance. The respirator is free of metal...

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Laser safety officer training to held Oct. 18-19

September 26, 2011

IPG Photonics Corp. will hold a two-day Industrial Laser Safety Officer training Oct. 18-19, 2011, at its Midwest operations in Novi, Mich. Available for a fee, the course uses a nonmathematical approach to teach the duties of LSOs as described in the ANSI Z136.1 Safe Use of Lasers standard to...

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Donaldson expands testing capabilities

August 29, 2011

Donaldson Co. Inc., a manufacturer of filtration systems and parts in Minneapolis, has opened three new test labs in China, India, and the U.S. The company has added a new testing lab in the Greater China R&D Center at its regional headquarters in Wuxi, China, to support the rapid expansion of...

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Survey finds high rate of worker noncompliance with PPE protocols

August 9, 2011

In a survey released today by Kimberly-Clark Professional, Roswell, Ga., 89 percent of safety professionals said they have observed workers not wearing safety equipment when they should have been. Twenty-nine percent said this has happened on numerous occasions. "This high rate of noncompliance...

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Toyota Industrial Equipment receives National Safety Council award

July 18, 2011

Toyota Industrial Equipment Mfg. Inc. (TIEM), Irvine, Calif., has been awarded the Occupational Excellence Achievement Award from the National Safety Council. The award is given to companies that have a lost-time injury rate of less than 50 percent of companies in the same business classification....

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Nordfab Ducting becomes independent operation

July 18, 2011

After years of being tied operationally to a sister dust-collection company, Nordfab Ducting now operates independently as Nordfab LLC. The company, which manufactures clamp-together ducting for dust, mist, and fume collection, now operates with management, financial, and software systems...

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Metals industry faces major OSHA crackdown, veteran OSHA defense attorney warns

June 30, 2011

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is getting tough on hazards in the so-called primary metals industries, and this means just about any plant that extracts or refines metals like iron, lead, nickel or tin will face multiple OSHA inspections, wrote LeClairRyan attorney Joseph...

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Tube/pipe safety conference scheduled for September

June 14, 2011

The Extrusion, Drawing, and Tube Reducing (EDTR) Council of the Tube & Pipe Association (TPA), Rockford, Ill., will hold a roundtable event, "Linking Safety to Productivity With Pipe and Tube," Sept. 18-20 at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside in Wilmington, N.C. "We will focus on safety and how it...

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