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February 1, 2012
New year, new welding helmets
There’s no better way to usher in the new year than to evaluate your safety equipment to make sure everything is in topnotch working order. One of the most important pieces of equipment is the one that protects to your head, face, and... Read more...

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January 10, 2011
A feminine approach to PPE
Choosing the road less traveled has always been more Jessi Combs’ style. Growing up in the Black Hills of South Dakota helped Combs appreciate speed, off-road vehicles, and the art of building a well-crafted automobile. Best known for... Read more...

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March 1, 2010
Heading off health hazards
Welding, cutting, and grinding processes hold many potential health hazards. The most notable of these are injuries that result from eye and face impacts, arc radiation, inhalation of airborne contaminants, and noise. According to the... Read more...

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January 15, 2008
Welding helmets in view
Choosing the right welding helmet is not as easy as it once was. Technology advances have turned these once simple pieces of protective equipment into smart, lightweight safety devices that, in some cases, can adapt their settings automatically... Read more...

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August 8, 2007
Maximize comfort with the lightweight Speedglas SL welding helmet
3M's new Speedglas™ Super Light (SL) Welding Helmet and Auto-Darkening Filter (ADF) set a new standard for comfort and lightweight. The SL helmet is our lightest helmet today, weighing 25% lighter than our other Speedglas helmets.... Read more...

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May 8, 2007
New OSHA hexavalent chromium standards
Note: On Feb. 28, 2006, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published the final hexavalent chromium Cr(VI) standard. The new permissible exposure limit (PEL) for Cr(VI) is 5 micrograms per cubic meter(g/m) as an... Read more...

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January 9, 2007
Benefits of autodarkening helmets come to light
In 1981 Hrnell, now part of 3M, commercialized its first autodarkening filter for a welding helment. Twenty-five years later autodarkening technology has established a firm place in the welding industry not only as a piece of equipment that... Read more...

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November 7, 2006
Drive fast, weld right
"Drive fast, turn left" may be a popular motto among race car drivers, but motorsports fabricators have their own: "Drive fast, weld right." A successful racing team is the sum of its parts, from the fabricators to the painters to the drivers.... Read more...

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October 11, 2005
Don't let your health go up in smoke
Increasing knowledge about the health hazards associated with breathing welding fumes and gases above certain concentrations and the serious illnesses that can result emphasizes the need to educate, train, and provide welders with... Read more...

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January 29, 2004
Respirator selection as a business decision
Several factors can help employers select a respirator that meets the required level of protection while having a positive business impact. Using this approach, employers can make choosing a respirator a business decision that can... Read more...

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August 29, 2002
Rejoice with the right respirator
When you ask a safety or health practitioner to recommend a welding respirator, be prepared to answer at least a dozen questions first. The first concern in selecting an appropriate respirator is the process contaminants. The base metal and... Read more...