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Material handling safety

October 23, 2003

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Handling material is a daily function in the workplace. All too often it is a task taken for granted, with little knowledge of or attention to the consequences if done incorrectly. Management and employees need to look at and evaluate how material goods are handled inside and outside their facilities. Whether the operation involves delivering or receiving material, an area should be designated for that purpose.

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Take control of safety

October 23, 2003

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Welders are among the millions of workers who face respiratory hazards every day in the workplace. Confined spaces, solvents, and gas emissions, as well as welding, grinding, and soldering, may expose workers to airborne hazards.

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Promoting back safety—one company's approach

October 9, 2003

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Over the years, our midsize company, Aeroglide Corp., has used numerous methods to battle back injuries. We have tracked injuries in five-year increments and developed battle plans based on the trends we've observed.Dealing with InjuriesWe noticed that very few of the injuries were serious strains....

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Selecting the best lens for welders' eye protection

October 9, 2003

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In the industrial environment, safety glasses are a necessity for jobs that put employees' eyes at risk of exposure to heat, impact, chemicals, or dust. But workers also need protection from nonimpact dangers, such as radiant energy, eye strain, and fatigue. So choosing the appropriate lens or filter plate for your workers' eye protection is just as important in preventing eye injury as is selecting the appropriate style of safety eyewear.

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Protecting yourself from gases and fumes

September 25, 2003

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Welding gases, fumes, and smoke can cause both short-term and long-term health hazards for welders. Presented here are 10 ways to help ensure welders are kept safe.

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Exposure to metalworking fluids

September 10, 2003

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In 1993, the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace & Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) petitioned the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to take emergency regulatory action to protect workers from the risks of occupational cancers and respiratory illnesses due to exposure to metalworking fluids (MWFs). Bureaucratic wheels turn slowly.

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Safety pays

August 28, 2003

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Now more than ever, fabricators must believe that safety pays. It pays to make safety a high priority, to invest in safety training, and to provide a safe workplace. The pressure to reduce costs during this very competitive time is great, but it is imperative that owners and managers believe safety...

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Can you give me some direction for finding information about developing and implementing a Safety/Loss Control program for my company?

August 14, 2003

I have recently been appointed as the Safety Director for my company. I have no formal training in occupational safety. Can you give me some direction for finding information about developing and implementing a Safety/Loss Control program for my company?

- M. Lloyd

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Workplace stress—Part 2

August 14, 2003

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If you've visited a doctor recently and were told that stress is the cause of or a contributing factor to what ails you, you're not alone. Although you can't expect to eliminate all of the stress in your life, you can learn to manage it and reduce its negative effects.

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Does any welding shield manufacturer make a hood with earmuffs?

August 14, 2003

Does any welding shield manufacturer make a hood with earmuffs? The reason I ask is that I wear hearing aids. I teach welding and it's too hard to keep removing the hearing aids.

- K. Stevens

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Workplace stress—Part 1

July 24, 2003

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Stress is a fact of life. It's here to stay, and even if we could abolish it, we wouldn't want to. At its best, stress can be the catalyst that moves us to make changes and achieve great things in life. At its worst, it can create all kinds of emotional and physical problems. What determines whether stress is a friend or foe? Whether it precipitates changes that improve our lives or whether it greatly diminishes the quality of our lives? One determining factor is how we handle or manage stress. We can be our own best friend or our own worst enemy.

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Six dangerous misconceptions about crane safety

July 10, 2003

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Knowing how cranes should be used, and how they should not be used, is critical to crane safety. Overload, side pull, limit switches, secondary braking devices, using the reverse direction for speed control, and daily inspections are surrounded by myth and mystery in the workplace.

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Making the workplace safe for Spanish-speaking employees

June 26, 2003

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Modifying your safety program to address the needs of your Spanish-speaking employees can create a much safer work environment. Here's how one company achieved that goal.

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Your best safety resource

June 12, 2003

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Do you know the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International™ (FMA)/CNA Safety Committee? If not, you should. They're an excellent resource for guidance on workplace safety issues. And they're the force behind the safety focus on thefabricator.com.

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Defibrillators—Should you have one in your workplace?

May 29, 2003

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This article explores the facts about AEDs, the legalities surrounding their use by laypersons, and guidelines for implementing an AED program in the workplace.

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