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Sound advice

Sound advice
With help from OSHA and product manufacturers, employers can ensure workers are free from the dangers of loud, prolonged noises by Abbe Miller, editor-in-chief     The hum of the overhead lighting. The rattle of the nearby train heading down its tracks. The continual hammering at the construction site next door. As time passes, these noises become tolerable – even to the point of seemingly Read full article >>

Sound decisions

Sound decisions
Creating a safe and healthy work environment for employees begins with hearing protection from hazardous noise by Aaron McDevitt, president, Faztek LLC       Each day, companies of all shapes and sizes face the incredible responsibility of protecting their employees from workplace accidents. When we think of a “workplace accident,” we often imagine amputation, paralysis and, in some Read full article >>

Safeguarding myths

Safeguarding myths
OSHA regulations and ANSI standards help to debunk some of the myths behind installing protective equipment by Jimmy Myers, senior editor       Metalworking takes powerful and often dangerous machines and equipment. Whether it’s a spinning engine lathe, multi-ton press, large drill or a powerful laser cutter, the machinery is hazardous when not used carefully and without protective guards Read full article >>

Press for safety

Press for safety
Advanced safety and performance technology makes its way into the press brake retrofit market by Paul Sertis, customer solutions manager, Laser Safe Pty. Ltd.     It is a common misconception that to make a press brake safe, it is also necessary to accept a certain level of compromise and reduction in machine functionality, productivity and performance. While this may have been the case Read full article >>

To the limit

To the limit
Understanding PEL, STEL, TWA and other OSHA exposure limits by Jeremiah Wann, president and CEO, Imperial Systems Inc.       When you look at the OSHA occupational exposure limit table for substances, it’s hard to figure out what it is telling you. What’s the difference between a PEL, a STEL and a TWA? Why are so many different measurements listed?   Let’s break it down into something a Read full article >>

OSHA preparedness

OSHA preparedness
Being prepared for a scheduled or unscheduled OSHA on-site visit can save direct and indirect costs by Ron Pitcher, president, Pitcher Insurance Agency Inc.     What do you do when OSHA comes to your door and wants to do a worksite inspection? The short answer is let them in – because quite honestly, you really don’t have a lot of choices. Under most circumstances, it wouldn’t be wise to Read full article >>

The Case for Safety Catchers

The Case for Safety Catchers
A self-intensifying device safeguards hydraulic and pneumatic presses from dangerous crashes. Edited by Larry Adams, senior editor Safety catcher on a press. Catastrophic press failures caused by power loss or pump failure on a press or other metal forming machine can cost thousands of dollars in lost production time and die replacement costs, and put workers at risk of injury.Most modern Read full article >>

Learning Laser Safety

Learning Laser Safety
Lasers can cause severe injuries. An online training course can help alleviate the pain.By Larry Adams, Senior Editor     Fabricators using laser cutting or welding systems are likely using Class 3a or Class 4 rated lasing systems, which means that work environments are potentially hazardous and safety programs must be established and overseen by laser safety officers (LSOs). The programs Read full article >>

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