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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

Muster Point

Muster Point

A muster point, or emergency assembly point, is a designated spot away from the facility for people to gather in an emergency situation. In the case of a fire or other emergency, employees, visitors, and those unfamiliar with the workplace should be able to safely exit the building and quickly find the muster point. Often

Acute Exposure

Acute Exposure

Preventing exposure to toxic chemicals is a main concern at many workplaces such as hazardous waste sites. Workers are often required to handle a variety of chemicals in solid, liquid, or gaseous form. These substances can come into contact with or enter the body through several routes of exposure: Inhalation, which is often the most

Ergonomic Hazards

Ergonomic Hazards

Employees lifting heavy items, working in awkward positions, pushing heavy loads, or reaching overhead are all at risk for musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). MSDs affect the muscles, ligaments, blood vessels, nerves, and tendons and common disorders include carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, muscle strains, back injuries, and more. Ergonomics is technically defined as the study of work, but

Fire Extinguisher Classes

Fire Extinguisher Classes

In the case of a fire, it is critical to use the right fire extinguisher for the job. Selecting the wrong one can actually be more dangerous and contribute to hazards like explosions or electrical shocks. Fire extinguishers are sold with class ratings: class A, Class B, and Class C, determined by the contents. Each class

Noise Reduction Rating (NRR)

Noise Reduction Rating (NRR)

Noise Reduction Ratings are a unit of measurement used to reflect the effectiveness of hearing protection devices to decrease sound exposure. Ear plugs and ear muffs are sold with a noise reduction rating to indicate its level of protection; the higher the NRR the higher level of protection. Using the NRR rating, ear plugs and

Accident Investigation

Accident Investigation

An accident investigation is a systematic process of collecting and analyzing all the information pertaining to any incidents resulting in injury, illness, or death. Although it has long been referred to as an accident investigation, OSHA now strongly urges using the term incident. This is to highlight the fact that workplace incidents are not in

Quality Engineering

Quality Engineering

Quality engineering is a cross-functional Six Sigma strategy encompassing a wide range of methodologies and tools. It is the idea that by incorporating quality into the design, development, and manufacturing processes, a product will be made that meets or exceeds customer expectations. Quality engineers are the individuals who make quality systems a reality. These engineers

Chemical Burn

Chemical Burn

A chemical burn occurs when living tissue comes into contact with a corrosive substance or irritant such as an acid. These types of burns are also known as caustic burns and produce a reaction within the body or on the skin. They can be very dangerous for workers, as they occur on contact, may not

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