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IDLH

IDLH

IDLH stands for Immediately Dangerous to Life or health. This term is defined by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, or NIOSH. It is used to describe exposures to airborne contaminants that are extremely dangerous and will likely cause serious health problems or death if someone is exposed to them. This is most commonly

LEL

LEL

LEL stands for Lower Explosive Limit. It is a term that identifies the lowest concentration levels of a gas or a vapor that is able to burn in the air. Different gasses and vapors will have different LEL’s, so it is important to know what it is for anything that is used in a facility.

Asset Life Cycle

Asset Life Cycle

Nothing lasts forever and planning out when an asset is expected to need to be replaced can make it much easier for a company to budget their purchases. It can also help to better predict downtime and avoid it where possible. To help accomplish this, the concept of an asset life cycle has been developed.

Autonomous Maintenance

Autonomous Maintenance

Autonomous maintenance always part of a good TPM program. It is a concept used in many manufacturing facilities that places the responsibility of certain types of maintenance on the operator of a machine. This is instead of having a dedicated maintenance team handling these responsibilities for all of the different machines in a facility. With traditional

Solar Photovoltaic

Solar Photovoltaic

Solar photovoltaic technology is what is used in solar panels. Photovoltaic is often abbreviated as PV for simplicity. PV cells, which are also often called solar cells, use a nonmechanical method to convert sunlight (or certain other types of light) into electricity. That electricity can then either be fed directly into a grid system for

EOT

EOT

EOT stands for Electric Overhead Traveling, which is used to reference this specific type of crane. EOT cranes are also known as bridge cranes. They are designed to be able to lift and move heavy objects in specific areas. An EOT is typically going to have parallel runways that travel along some type of bridge hanging over

FR

FR

When working in manufacturing, construction, mining, and many other industries, it is not uncommon to see the acronym “FR” on various things including clothing. FR stands for flame resistant. Flame resistant items, including clothing, are an important form of personal protection equipment (PPE) that can help to keep a person or object safe when exposed to heat,

GMP

GMP

The acronym GMP stands for Good Manufacturing Practice. It is also commonly written as cGMP, which stands for Current Good Manufacturing Practice. This is a set of regulations that are put out by the Food and Drug Administration with the intent of ensuring companies follow established practices related to minimizing contaminations and other errors. GMPs carry

Introducing the Winner of the Summer Scholarship Award 2021

Introducing the Winner of the Summer Scholarship Award 2021

In these unprecedented times, we are proud to continue awarding scholarships to individuals continuing their education and pursuing their goals. In the past we’ve helped an emergency department technician who went above and beyond while working during COVID-19 to a United States Veteran returning to school. Each year we are astounded at the accomplishments of

NFPA 170

NFPA 170

Developed by the National Fire Protection Association, NFPA 170 is a standardized catalog of uniformed symbols for use on emergency signs and labels. It combines four previous standards for fire safety and emergency symbols: NFPA 171, NFPA 172, NFPA 147, and NFPA 178. NFPA 170 uses easily understood uniform symbols to eliminate confusion and improve communication in

ANSI Z359

ANSI Z359

Developed by the American National Standards Institute and the American Society of Safety Professionals, ANSI/ASSP Z359 is known as the series of Fall Protection and Arrest Standards. The scope of this standard has expanded throughout the years to address different fall protection systems, training, testing, and more—but it began with ANSI Z359.1. What is ANSI Z359.1? ANSI

Production Efficiency

Production Efficiency

Also known as productive efficiency, production efficiency in manufacturing is a state where a system can no longer produce more goods without sacrificing the production without sacrificing production of another good. Facility managers often use this metric to ensure costs are effectively optimized without the quality of goods and services being sacrificed. How is production efficiency calculated?

Lean Maintenance

Lean Maintenance

Lean maintenance is a strategy that aims to incorporate Lean principles into a maintenance program to boost productivity, reduce costs, and improve asset management. Tools for Lean Maintenance Many of the tools in the Lean manufacturing toolbox can be translated to a maintenance strategy. Some of these include: 5S: This methodology is used to organize the workplace

Compliance Officer

Compliance Officer

In its traditional definition, compliance officers are responsible for ensuring their company complies with regulatory and legal requirements, as well as internal bylaws and policies. Chief compliance officers, sometimes called a compliance manager, are most common in banking and healthcare. Officers are hired to keep the company running smoothly by meeting outside laws and regulations as well

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