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Welding Journal Cover Feature: How to Help Improve Welders’ Safety and Productivity Shipbuilding Case Study

Industrial shipbuilding requires large numbers of welders. The health and safety challenges that accompany this work can often include eye injuries, respiratory exposure to weld fume, and heat management. Historically, Newport News Shipyard (Newport News, VA) has utilized a number of individual pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) to help protect their welders. This includes passive welding helmets, grinding shields,

The Challenges of Construction Noise Exposure

Construction sites are loud. And yet often, they can be relatively quiet. Sounds and situations can change very quickly, and rarely are construction workers exposed to the same noise levels for the same amount of time from one day to the next. Furthermore, construction sites tend to be very busy places with large vehicles moving back and forth and equipment

Some Tips for Selecting a New Heavy-Duty Welding Helmet

Heavy-duty welders working at high amperages have specific needs. They want personal protective equipment (PPE) that offers: Good protection against radiation Clear visibility of the welding spot Effective respiratory protection capabilities Comfortable to wear Protection against welding spatter and grinding sparks Based on these needs, heavy-duty welders should look for an integrated helmet system that has the following features: An

Why Metal-Detectable Earplugs Can be Important in Food Manufacturing

In any food manufacturing facility, preventing food contamination is a top priority. The last thing food producers want to do is unintentionally harm a consumer. If a stray earplug made its way into food produced at that facility, a company’s reputation could also be damaged, and they could be faced with a public relations nightmare. Metal-detectable earplugs are one of the

Are Smartphones Smart to Use on a Job Site?

Communication is critical on construction sites. Whether for coordinating movement of materials or issuing warnings, it is important that workers be able to clearly communicate with each other. Audio devices (e.g. radios, cell phones) can help increase the speed and fidelity of communication between workers. While radios provide good voice communications between workers, there are some potential inherent problems: Half-duplex

Welcome to the World of Virtual Reality Safety Training

Training. In so many industries it is an essential part of health and safety programs necessary to be compliant with applicable regulations. But, training can be expensive and time-consuming. Enter the world of virtual reality training. This new option is not meant to replace conventional hands-on training or instruction by in-person trainers, but it can be a beneficial tool used

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