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Nine Technologies That Will Help Transform the Fire Service

Smart technologies like artificial intelligence, mixed reality or autonomous vehicles are being deployed by first responders in ways hardly imagined even just a decade ago. As firefighters grow accustomed to current technologies, other innovations such as use of big data, biotelemetry, facial recognition software, 360 video and the leveraging of gaming technology are beginning to emerge. The integration of these

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

Stand Up to Falls: Learn the ABCD’s of Fall Protection

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A fall at work can be terrible. But, a fall from heights in the midst of an already dangerous job can be devastating. Do you know how to properly inspect your fall protection gear to ensure it is secure, compliant with OSHA regulations and comfortable? A typical Personal Fall Arrest System (PFAS) incorporates three components often

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

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

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,

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