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December 2008 Blog Posts (20)

Post 6: Continuous Improvement Helps Assure Success

Once the PAA is complete, the manufacturer will receive a detailed report identifying strengths and making recommendations for cost and productivity improvements. After review, trials will be conducted to evaluate the recommendations and determine their success.



To achieve optimum savings and worker performance, a company must commit to continuous improvement. Follow-up assessments should be conducted at regular intervals to confirm that changes implemented are positively impacting… Continue

Added by MoniqueB on December 27, 2008 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Part 5: SKU Reduction

Minimizing SKUs can improve a company’s working capital. Reducing a company’s SKUs will eliminate redundant and/or duplicate products and decrease the time required to order and stock products. Fewer inventories also reduce storage requirements, carrying costs and taxes.



SKU proliferation often occurs because too many people are authorized to approve the use of new products. Requiring senior level sign off for new products and suppliers will help reduce product styles and SKUs and… Continue

Added by MoniqueB on December 26, 2008 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Post 4: A Deep Look into Productivity

Manufacturers in the past often measured productivity by the volume of product that went out the door. Today, productivity is typically gauged by waste and practices that eliminate waste.



During a PAA, three types of waste are considered: defects, transportation and waiting, and motion. All are primary elements in lean manufacturing.



Defects



Defects are any imperfections that require a product to be reworked or discarded. Fingerprints on glass, lint in a… Continue

Added by MoniqueB on December 24, 2008 at 10:00am — No Comments

silence implies consent

PROSECUTOR CHARGES SAFETY MANAGER TWO OTHERS IN FATAL FIRE - 22 DECEMBER 2008.pdfWe all should know by now that in the safety world silence implies consent. To be knowledgeable but remain mute about unsafe conditions, processes or behaviors can have catastrophic consequences. If you need more… Continue

Added by Matt Blake on December 23, 2008 at 3:16pm — No Comments

Protecting your eyes in industrial environments

Safety spectacle features and options



According to the National Society to Prevent Blindness, 400,000 eye injuries occur on the job each year. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says an estimated 60 percent of workers suffer eye injuries when they're not wearing any protection. These statistics demonstrate that everyone needs to be much more vigilant about their eye protection.



Today safety spectacles are available in fashionable styles to protect against almost any… Continue

Added by Safety Training International on December 23, 2008 at 8:47am — No Comments

Choices we make, choose to make it safety first

As I was driving to work recently, I noticed a boy about eight or nine-years-old, his carefree manner evident as he skipped to school. He stopped abruptly at the corner of the street. A perplexed look came across his face. There wasn’t a crossing guard to be found. It was too early for them to be on duty to stop traffic, and there were no teachers to help him cross. He looked left, then right, then left again. He made no movement. You could see it on his face. Hmm... now what? Which way to go?… Continue

Added by Ken Oswald on December 22, 2008 at 10:25am — 4 Comments

Part 3: Analyzing Cost Drivers Help Reach Productivity Goals

We’ve established a bit of the top line information that happens during the personal apparel assessment (PAA), now let’s move on to what’s assessed. During the PAA, the assessor will analyze seven key cost drivers to help the company reach its operational and productivity objectives. Examining these areas will help identify critical issues and pinpoint variables in the production process. The analysis will also help the assessor determine the best solutions to maximize worker… Continue

Added by MoniqueB on December 22, 2008 at 10:00am — No Comments

Locking in Safety....

Understanding and implementing OSHA-approved safety measures



Last year the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued more than $750,000 in citations to the metal fabrication industry for equipment-related safety violations. This includes tool usage and guarding issues, control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout), and electrical safety. These citations do not begin to account for the total cost to metal fabricating shops when considering associated property… Continue

Added by Safety Training International on December 22, 2008 at 7:20am — No Comments

Part 2: PAA Gets Up Close and Personal

We previously noted that personal apparel assessment can help companies maximize strengths and identify necessary improvements. Today, we’re discussing the “how.” A PAA generally includes the following phases:



-- Analysis—data is collected, opportunities validated and best practices identified;

-- Benchmarking—current operations are evaluated and base line measurements developed so results can be quantified;

-- Improvement—recommendations are made based on study results.… Continue

Added by MoniqueB on December 20, 2008 at 8:00am — No Comments

Part 1: Personal Apparel Assessment Helps Manufacturers Cut Costs in Unexpected Ways

Cutting costs and improving performance is complicated by the fact that companies within various industries face different challenges. Automotive manufacturers, for example, must reduce overall supply chain costs. Chemical processors must be able to compete with low-cost producers from developing countries who have entered markets typically considered traditional for the U.S., Japan and Europe.



Manufacturers across almost every industry face skyrocketing health care and insurance… Continue

Added by MoniqueB on December 18, 2008 at 5:42pm — No Comments

Lofgren family of 4 dies due to Carbon Monoxide poisoning please read this!



My close friend Parker Lofgren and his family (wife Caroline, son Owen and daughter Sophie) recently died from Carbon monoxide posioning. This was a tragic lost for all that knew this family.



I hope that this message would encourage everyone to check existing monitors and or spend $20 to add one to your home/office. The link below from the Aspen Times is… Continue

Added by Lisa Gilges on December 17, 2008 at 2:00pm — 6 Comments

Working safely in busy times...

It may be premature to say that manufacturing has turned the economic corner to recovery, but signs at the end of first-quarter 2004 look promising. Overall, non-farm payrolls increased by over 500,000 in the first quarter, according to recent U.S. Labor Department reports, and factory payrolls in March were steady for the first time in nearly four years. Moreover, the Institute for Supply Management’s Purchasing Managers’ Index of factory activity rebounded to 62.5 percent in March, the fifth… Continue

Added by Safety Training International on December 16, 2008 at 2:11pm — No Comments

The Truth About Leather

Each year one million US workers receive emergency treatment for acute hand injuries ranging from cuts, blisters and abrasions to lacerations, punctures and fractures. According to the US Department of Labor, injures to fingers and hands rank highest in workplace accidents—more than 27 percent.



Hand and finger accidents also rank highest in preventable injuries. Improper hand protection can be a culprit in many accidents, whether it’s a comfort problem, improper sizing or the use of… Continue

Added by Lara Kretler on December 15, 2008 at 9:44am — No Comments

Fire Training at the workplace.

Now that you have bought and put in place your new fire extinguisher, do you and your employe's know how to use them? As per ( OSHA 29 cfr 1910.157 )

"Where the employer has provided portable fire extinguishers for employee use in the workplace, the employer shall also provide an educational program to familiarize employees with the general principles of fire extinguisher use and the hazards involved with incipient fire fighting."

Failure to do so exposes your business to OSHA… Continue

Added by Stephen W. Thompson on December 11, 2008 at 5:08pm — 1 Comment

Fire Extinguisher in the work place

Every Year Fires in the work place Kill over 5,000 employes, injure more then 80,000 and with a rising cost of over 11 billion dollars. Many companies are put out of business because of a major fire that could have been contained and put out if the company had provided fire extinguishers and kept them in good working order. AS I go thru different companies thru out the area here I see so many people cutting the cost on safety equipment such as Fire Extinguishers and knowing and explaing to the… Continue

Added by Stephen W. Thompson on December 11, 2008 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Environmental Training - Online

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Happy Holidays to all!
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Added by Dan McGreevy on December 10, 2008 at 9:48am — No Comments

Safety update: OSHA announces fit-test procedures

Fabricators as well as other workers may be required to use respirators to protect themselves from inhaling fumes, particles, or dust when performing cutting, grinding, welding, coating, or painting, especially if they are in contact with chrome-containing stainless steel or coatings, which presents the risk of hexavalent chromium exposure.



In cases such as these, respirators must be provided to protect the health of a worker and be selected on the basis of hazards the worker is… Continue

Added by Safety Training International on December 10, 2008 at 7:00am — No Comments

How To Protect Workers From Bloodborne Pathogens

A blood-borne pathogen, as the term suggests, is a disease or infection-producing agent that can be acquired through exposure to blood and other body fluids containing blood. BBPs are transmitted from one individual to another when blood or body fluids from the infected individual enter the body of a previously uninfected individual.



Significant exposure involves a route of entry into the body:



* sexual transmission through the mucous membranes of the genital tract,

*… Continue

Added by Safety Training International on December 3, 2008 at 12:34pm — No Comments

Proper guarding protects workers: Six steps to focusing on your employees' needs

When people think of machine guarding, usually they think of devices to protect people from the moving parts on machinery.



When people think of machine guarding, usually they think of devices to protect people from the moving parts on machinery. While this is clearly one use of machine guarding, another area involves protecting workers from all types of cutting, welding, or grinding that can take place in tube or pipe cells.



Flying debris, weld flash, and other… Continue

Added by Safety Training International on December 3, 2008 at 12:19pm — No Comments

How to Improve Behavior Based Safety...

Behavior-Based Safety (BBS) is all about changing a company’s safety culture. BBS has little to do with codes, rules and regulations and everything to do with asking questions such as, “What is the safest way to conduct this task and what must I do to help ensure my safety and the safety of others around me?”

“What is the safest way to conduct this task and what must I do to help ensure my safety and the safety of others around me?”



Here are some steps every business can take to… Continue

Added by Safety Training International on December 2, 2008 at 1:19pm — No Comments

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