Environmental Health & Safety

Electronic and non-electronic machine guarding systems related to the operation of metal forming and fabricating machinery, welding systems and metal cutting equipment. Also personal protective equipment (PPE), air handling systems, scrap and waste disposal systems, reporting systems and other devices and techniques used for OSHA and EPA regulatory compliance.

Why We Violate the Rules, Revisited

In many cases, rules actually produce unintended consequences that are far worse than the behaviors we are trying to shape. Let's think through this food for thought together.
Experts
Body Protection

Hidden Danger: Laundered Shop Towels

Workers cannot see, smell, or feel heavy metal residue on laundered shop towels, so the risk is not apparent to the many workers who use the towels to wipe parts, spills, and their hands.
Millions of workers may be exposed to potentially harmful metals by using laundered shop towels that retain measurable levels of metals after commercial laundering.
Eye and Face Protection

How to Identify Safe and Effective Emergency Eyewash — and the Hidden Dangers to Avoid

According to OSHA, more than 2,000 people injure their eyes at work each day in the U.S. Roughly one in 10 of those individuals requires one or more missed workdays to recover, and 10 percent to 20 percent of all occupational eye injuries result in temporary or permanent vision loss.
While the FDA states that ophthalmic drug products should be sterile, ANSI does not require that emergency eyewash solution or its delivery mechanism be sterile. Yet the dangers of administering non-sterile eyewash can have profoundly negative impacts on injured individuals, as well as their employers.
Head Protection

Zero Injuries: How Safety and Productivity Find Common Ground

Eye, face and head protection measures must be consistent and systematic to minimize safety gaps. Hardhat systems that allow for the quick insertion or release of a welding helmet or face shield, depending on the work task or process involved, without workers ever having to expose their eyes, face or head to danger by removing their hardhat.
TO meet the ANSI 87.1 regulation for shops regarding PPE compliance around eye, face and head protection, here are some ways on to ensure there is no compromise of workplace safety or productivity in eliminating PPE gaps in safety.
Regulatory Compliance

The Brave New World of Obamacare

The Pay or Play Mandate applies to shops that employ 50 or more “fulltime” or “full-time equivalent” employees. Under the new law, a full-time employee is generally considered an employee that regularly works 30+ hours per week.
In the midst of a U.S. manufacturing renaissance, the disastrous rollout of Obamacare could put a crimp on manufacturers – particularly small shops. Of the nearly 11,000 pages (and counting) of new regulations imposed by this new law, no one really understands the full impact that lies ahead, what new regulations will be added, or how other arcane portions of the law will be changed in the future. Here is a general review of what we do know so far. 
Environmental Health & Safety: Products

New Fall Protection Harnesses, Self-Retracting Lanyards and Shock Absorbing Lanyards

Defy™ Self-Retracting Lanyards have a sturdy, yet lightweight housing unit that doesn’t drag behind a worker or obstruct their movement. 
These high quality, user friendly products from Rigid Lifelines offer engineered fall protection at a cost effective price.

Miniature Model Demonstrates Dust Collector Capabilities

The dollhouse-sized dust collector is a remarkably faithful replica of the real Farr Gold Series® dust and fume collector, both visually and functionally
Camfil Air Pollution Control's miniature model provides a compact way to transport, display and demonstrate the shop capabilities of the Farr Gold Series® dust and fume collector.

Revolutionary Respirator Improves Worker Compliance

The intuitive design of the strap allows users to fine-tune the fit for optimal comfort, regardless of the respirator’s position on the face and cheeks. This variable positioning for any face size is made possible by PeakFit’s internal cushion. Made with soft, closed-cell foam, the cushion conforms to the user’s face, creating a close but comfortable seal.
The PeakFit® N95 from Gateway Safety is a NIOSH-approved N95 air-purifying respirator with special comfort options that mean shop workers are more likely wear the respirator and keep it on.