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Published: 7/1/2013

Guarding Against Counterfeit Parts
We have been doing a lot of defense work lately and are concerned about counterfeit parts. How can we protect ourselves?

Published: 7/2/2012

Arc Flash PPE Selection
I’ve been hearing a lot about arc flash protection lately, but I’m not sure if it applies to our operation and, if so, what the requirements are for providing personal protective equipment under this standard. I know it has something to do with our ...

Published: 5/2/2012

Am I a DOT Hazmat Transporter?
I have heard through the grapevine that the U.S. Department of Transportation has inspected one of our competitors regarding hazardous materials registration requirements. Can you give this small metal finishing shop owner an overview on how this wo...

Published: 3/1/2012

More PVC Pipe Glue Discussion
I would like to comment on the ongoing pipe glue discussion from your November 2011 column. Users concerned about caustic service could look for what one manufacturer calls “industrial PVC cement” which is made without the fumed silica thickener. Fo...

Published: 2/29/2012

Effects of Proposed Label Changes
Over the last year, we have received several correspondences regarding the Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s (OSHA) proposal to modify the existing HazCom standard to conform to the United Nations Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of clas...

Published: 1/26/2012

Nitrites and Fragrances
We are using a vibratory finishing compound that has been satisfactory for more than 20 years. Recently, a potential new vendor pointed out that it contains sodium nitrite and said we are violating the law in using it. We checked with our supplier, ...

Published: 1/24/2012

Pipe Glue, Revisited
I’ve contacted several plumbing suppliers and none of them were able to assist me in finding the glue you recommended for CPVC pipe or the pipe tape. We are seeing exactly what you were talking about on a leaky pipe containing caustic or alkaline s...

Published: 10/25/2011

Where is the Pipe Glue?
I have contacted several plumbing suppliers around me, and none of them were able to assist me in finding the glue that you recommended for CPVC pipe or the pipe tape. We are seeing exactly what you were talking about on leaky pipe containing causti...

Published: 2/18/2011

Effect of the Proposed Global Harmonization System
OSHA expects to adopt a revised Hazard Communication Standard that includes information included in the GHS in 2011. Once the rule is finalized, employers will have three years to implement the new standard. The most significant impacts upon employe...

Published: 1/11/2011

Phosphates in Wastewater
I am charged with finding the sources of phosphorus in our plant. Our main process effluents are from mass finishing and washing machines. I have not found significant phosphorus in these fluids, and yet, we are close to the limit. What am I missing...