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.

Safety: Are You Good or Just Lucky?

When safety systems are designed and managed to look at multiple areas of risk and analyze them in a holistic context, they provide a more useful way to measure safety than simply counting bodies and broken bones.
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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

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What’s New In Welding Safety Equipment

The protective top surface of the Duro-Ortho-Mat from North American Safety Products withstands hot metal sparks and is metal chip resistant.
Here are some ways to help your shop reduce the risk of injury and health-related overhead costs by making your welding processes safer for your employees.

Programmable Control Unit Bridges Gap Between Safety Relays and PLCs For Machine Tools

This PCU/1 main control unit is modular and can accept a total of 14 expansion modules, creating a  system that can have up to 128 inputs, 16 dual channel safety outputs, and 16 status outputs to handle your machine safety configurations, devices, and networks. There is also an integrated PCU/1 main unit with PCUEU/1 expansion unit for  additional multiple safety  fail–safe  devices. 
The  Programmable  Control Unit from Tapeswitch Corporation is a versatile and cost effective solution to bridge the gap in between traditional safety relays and PLC systems.