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Ventilation is one of the most important engineering controls available for maximizing the quality of air in a work environment. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has addressed a number of statistics related to proper ventilation in its recent standard #1926.57. Here are some tips for staying OSHA compliant and, more importantly, ensuring that… Read more »

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The outlook is positive for manufacturing production growth in the months and years ahead, according to reports including those from the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI). Every three months, MAPI provides a detailed look at the health of the domestic manufacturing sector based on its analysis of 27 major industries. Momentum in 2013… Read more »

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that employers train and educate all members of their workforce on how to recognize and avoid unsafe conditions at their worksites. Specific areas to be aware of include: Substance Handling Employees whose jobs require them to handle or use harmful substances must be instructed in their safe… Read more »

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A series of positive reports indicate that manufacturing could play a key role as the U.S. and global economies continue to rebound. 2013 concluded with stronger-than-expected improvements in the U.S. gross domestic product, business spending, housing, and consumer confidence. As noted by Richard Moody, chief economist at Regions Financial, “We’re not only hopeful but reasonably… Read more »

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Recent industry reports confirm that the manufacturing sector of the U.S. and global economy is on the rise. It’s a bright picture for anyone looking to manufacturing as a career path. And manufacturing leaders can celebrate recovery from the recession and a new era on the horizon. Talent in Demand Worldwide, manufacturing has survived a… Read more »

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Labeled by one expert as the harbinger of “the next industrial revolution,” 3D printing takes a product design and digitally slices it as thin as 1/12,000th of an inch, then prints out these slices in layers. Long used in such industries as aerospace and auto production, 3D printing is rapidly catching on across myriad businesses… Read more »

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Five years ago, much of the world was in the throes of a major recession – and U.S. manufacturing took hard hits as it struggled to survive in a battle against its global competitors. But fortunately for us all, things have turned around. And as indicated by the most recent monthly report released by the… Read more »

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If you’re interested in beginning or advancing your career in manufacturing, the job picture is promising, as 34 percent of global employers report difficulty filling open positions due to a shortage of qualified talent. Approximately 10 million manufacturing jobs worldwide are vacant, according to the World Economic Forum. Among the areas of greatest vacancy are… Read more »

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The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has been in existence since 1970 – and some of its standards designed to protect workers from chemical hazards haven’t been updated since that time. Until now. OSHA has launched two new web-based resources to better safeguard employees from the tens of thousands of chemicals utilized in the… Read more »

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Never underestimate the power of our nation’s mid-sized businesses – the 197,000 companies whose revenues range from $10 million to $1 billion, as defined by the National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM). In its 2Q 2013 Middle Market Indicator, NCMM reported that middle market companies could account for up to 70 percent of U.S…. Read more »