May 21, 2013
It’s unfortunate, but not every worker is treated equally. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recognizes this inequality when it comes to the complex cases of temporary workers.
Due to their part-time or seasonal status, temporary workers are often left inadequately trained. Employers often give them substandard levels of personal protective equipment (PPE), making them vulnerable to the hazards of the workplace.
OSHA has launched a Temporary Worker Protection initiative. Evaluate your PPE and training to stay compliant!
To rectify the discrepancies, OSHA has recently launched a new initiative targeted at increasing protections for the safety and rights of temporary workers. The agency also called for increased scrutiny of employers with temporary workers.
With this level of heightened attention, now is the time for you to evaluate and shore up your company’s safety policies for temporary workers and ensure these vulnerable portions of your workforce are properly provided for. Here are three key points to consider when it comes to improving personal protective clothing and equipment options for your workers, temporary and otherwise. Read the rest of this entry »
May 16, 2013
Fused metals had a hard time looking good before TIG welding. Although MIG welding does its job of combining tougher metals, it just can’t handle the demands for finer aesthetics and reliable versatility. Thanks to TIG welding, thinner metals used in industries like jewelry-making and dentistry can now be crafted without turning into metal nightmares.
TIG torch handles made of electrical-grade plastic protect against high-voltage shocks.
The TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) technique utilizes non-consumable tungsten electrode and inert gas, argon usually, to weld reactive metals. It’s perfect for joining light metals such as aluminum, magnesium and copper alloys. TIG welding is way cleaner, more precise, and more versatile. It’s more difficult too, but with the right TIG welding supplies, you’re on the right path to good TIG hot work. First of the must-have welding supplies? The TIG torch.
As pointed out by Plant Services, knowledge of the different torch components can help you find the right TIG torch and spare you a lot of frustration, hassle, and replacement costs. Here are some of the important components you have to pay attention to when hunting for TIG torches: Read the rest of this entry »
May 9, 2013
Mine sites are by nature dangerous — but that is not an excuse for injuries and fatalities. Unless there’s an earthquake, heavy flooding, or any natural phenomenon that’s equally disastrous, mine sites should be safe enough to ensure minimal cases of accidents. This is not the case, however.
Alert your miners against slips, trips and falls! Post signs like this around in your mine site.
Slips, trips and falls (STF) are one of the top culprits for injuries and fatalities that occur in mines. The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) cites that slips and falls caused 25% of injuries in 2011, which means 400 people were injured. With all the training programs and mine safety signs required of mine operators, shouldn’t this number be lower by now after several years of strict regulations? What are we missing? Read the rest of this entry »
May 7, 2013
May is National Electrical Safety Month, making it the perfect time for you to promote the importance of electrical safety. You can do this by creating and increasing electrical safety awareness in your workplace and home. Whether you are a business owner, safety director, electrician or maintenance professional, safety should always be your number one priority.
May is National Electrical Safety Month!
The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) can help you start on your journey to an electrically safe workplace. This non-profit organization promotes electrical safety at homes, schools, and offices by educating and engaging the public in campaigns about electrical fire prevention, injuries and fatalities.
One aspect of electrical safety that the campaign focuses on is lockout. Lockout/tagout procedures protect workers from unexpected energization or start-up of equipment. These can also prevent the release of hazardous energy during equipment service or maintenance. The fact is, nearly three million professionals work with lockout tagout equipment everyday. Unfortunately, too many workers still put themselves at risk by ignoring proper lockout/tagout procedures. Read the rest of this entry »