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ATSDR

ATSDR

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) is a federal public health agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It protects and works hand-in-hand with communities who are impacted by exposure to hazardous substances. This exposure often leads to harmful health effects, and many communities throughout the country seek information and

Process Kaizen

Process Kaizen

Kaizen is the process of continuous improvement in the workplace and is also known as “change for the better.” It is a foundational concept to Lean manufacturing and refers to the practice of continually seeking out ways to improve work operations. Improvements may range from direct cost savings, enhanced functionality, and higher customer satisfaction. Eventually,

Scrumban

Scrumban

Scrumban is an Agile method of management that is a hybrid of Scrum and Kanban, both of which are Lean manufacturing principles. Agile methods traditionally apply to software development, and they encourage teamwork, communication, and accountability. Rather than implementing in-depth planning as a project begins, they adopt changing requirements as time goes on. Originally, Scrumban was utilized

International Fire Code (IFC)

International Fire Code (IFC)

The International Fire Code (IFC) is a globally recognized, comprehensive document within the International Code Family. It is a model code and a design document, standardizing fire safety for new and existing buildings, facilities, storage and processes and establishing minimum requirements for fire prevention and fire protection systems based on performance-related and prescriptive provisions. Some topics

WHMIS

WHMIS

WHMIS is an acronym for the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System created by Canada in 1988, also known in French as SIMDUT “Système D’Information sur les Matières Dangereuses Utilisées au Travail.” It has changed quite a bit since 1988 as evident at its most recent update in 2015 when the classification system for Hazmat materials was aligned

Anchor Point

Anchor Point

An anchorage point is one of the essential components of a personal fall protection system. Fall protection anchor points are connected to lanyards or lifelines and are typically installed on a roof, either temporarily or permanently. In the case of a fall, the anchorage needs to be secure enough to keep the worker suspended from their

Hi-Vis Safety Apparel (HVSA)

Hi-Vis Safety Apparel (HVSA)

Hi-Vis, or high visibility, clothing is a type of personal protective equipment designed to get the user noticed immediately. Unlike many other forms of PPE, hi-vis clothes do not act as a physical barrier between the wearer and their body. Instead, hi-vis vests, pants, coveralls, and hats are made with materials bright enough to be seen from

Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos is a group of six naturally occurring minerals resistant to heat and corrosion. It is one of the most widely recognizable health hazards and exposure to asbestos can result in temporary or permanent disability, cancer, or death. However, asbestos minerals have been used in for decades in commercial products, household products, fireproofing material, car brakes, and

Assembly Line

Assembly Line

An assembly line is a manufacturing tool that was first widely used by Henry Ford to manufacture his automobiles. It involves a sequence of workers and machines in a factory that progressively assembles a series of identical items. The principle behind the assembly line is that each worker completes a single, specific task, which they

Inventory Management

Inventory Management

Nearly any facility needs to adopt an inventory management system. These systems allow goods to be tracked throughout your facility’s supply chain in a way that optimizes the whole process, from order placement to customer delivery; they map the entire journey of a product. Companies need to understand what they have in stock at all

Risk Priority Number (RPN)

Risk Priority Number (RPN)

The Risk Priority Number is a measure that’s utilized when assessing risk in the workplace. It helps to identify critical methods within your business’s process of design. Values range from 1, indicating the best, to 1,000, indicating the worst. Although the RPN is most commonly used in the automobile industry and in aerospace, it may also

QDC (Quality, Delivery, Cost)

QDC (Quality, Delivery, Cost)

QDC is an acronym that stands for Quality, Delivery, and Cost. It represents a management approach that evaluates separate components of the production process and provides feedback which enhances decision-making and improvement. QDC was originally created for the automobile sector as a “three-dimensional” approach that breaks the process down into more organized and manageable goals.

Abrasion

Abrasion

An abrasion is a type wound caused by unprotected skin coming into contact with a rough surface, a scenario that can happen in virtually any type of facility in any kind of industry: someone falling on a rough surface and scraping their knee, someone scraping their hand while trying to catch their fall, a constant

Air-Purifying Respirator

Air-Purifying Respirator

APRs, or air-purifying respirators, are a personal protective equipment device designed to remove containments (gases, vapors, particles, and aerosols) from the air before they can be inhaled. These respirators do not supply oxygen but instead uses filters, cartridges, and canisters to remove contaminants as the user is breathing. OSHA standard 1910.134 covers respiratory protection, defining

Regulatory Compliance

Regulatory Compliance

All businesses must adhere to a certain set of regulations, which largely depend on the type of business, services provided, and function of employees. Virtually all companies within the United States must meet certain standards that the federal government requires. These standards encompass hiring practices, termination, discipline, retention, employee privacy, and workplace safety. If a

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