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June 19, 2018

Understanding Exposure Limits: PELs, TLVs, SECALs and More

By Trevor Kendall, VP Distribution Sales

Indoor air quality (IAQ) standards can include some confusing language and acronyms. What's the difference between a PEL, an REL and a TLV? And which ones do you need to follow? Here's a handy guide to help you[…]

May 25, 2018

National Asthma Awareness Month: Help Your Employees Breathe Easy

Welding fumes and metalworking dusts put employees at risk for asthma and other respiratory problems. Are you doing everything you can to protect your workers' lungs? Here's what manufacturers should know about indoor air quality and respiratory[…]

May 03, 2018

What’s the Big Deal About Respirable Crystalline Silica?

OSHA’s new standards for respirable crystalline silica (RCS) for general industry go into effect June 23, 2018. How dangerous is RCS, anyway? And how will the new standards impact workers?

April 26, 2018

Are You Ready for New Respirable Crystalline Silica Standards?

OSHA’s new general industry standard for respirable crystalline silica (RCS) will be enforced starting June 23, 2018. Are you ready? If you’re not sure, read on.

April 19, 2018

Meeting OSHA PELs for Manganese Exposure

Manganese is one of the most common elements welders and metalworkers are exposed to—and one of the most problematic. This soft, silvery metal, used in stainless steel and aluminum alloys, is a major component of many welding consumables.

It is also[…]

April 16, 2018

Celebrating National Welding Month: Attracting Fresh Talent with a Breath of Fresh Air

Welders do the work that holds our world together. From airplanes to medical devices, many of the products we rely on in our modern economy use components that are welded together, either manually or robotically. And that is not likely to change[…]

April 12, 2018

Air Quality Options for the Automotive Industry

There are many different production applications used in automotive manufacturing, ranging from robotic welding to rubber processing. But how do you know which air quality option will provide the most effective particulate control for your specific[…]

April 05, 2018

Clean Air and the Automotive Industry

There’s nothing better than that new car smell—but a lot of dust, smoke and fumes go into creating every shiny new vehicle on the lot.

The automotive manufacturing industry employs more than 425,000 workers in the U.S. alone, most in the automotive[…]

March 29, 2018

Manganism: What Every Welder Should Know

Manganese is an essential nutrient, found in many over-the-counter multivitamins as well as healthy foods like whole grain breads and leafy greens. So how dangerous can it be, really?

As it turns out, very—at least when it is inhaled as a fumed[…]

March 22, 2018

Five Ways to Reduce Cadmium Exposure in the Workplace

Respirable cadmium dust can have significant health effects for workers. But there are simple steps that employers can take to reduce exposure to dangerous cadmium dusts and ensure regulatory compliance with OSHA PELs.