Production Machining

APR 2018

Production Machining - Your access to the precision machining industrial buyer.

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Helping Precision Machine Shops Be More ProducĂč ve and Profi table 20 PRODUCTION MACHINING :: APRIL 2018 To grow and profi t today, you have to work smarter. You have to relent- lessly eliminate waste. PMPA is the way to expand your knowledge and increase your capabilities in order to grow your business. Through daily interaction with PMPA staff members, you have access to our expertise on important issues. You're also able to tap the collective knowledge of your peers: those who have "been there" and "done that." Through the meetings, resources and online connections, reports and more, we give you the tools to grow. We look at emerging markets and let you know what's hot and what's not. PMPA programs help you un- derstand your markets so you can make sense of the issues. And we provide relevant information to help you make informed decisions. Why Join GROW! Why Join PMPA? YOURCAREERFACTS.COM PMPASPEAKINGOFPRECISION.COM 2 GREAT BLOGS! hygiene, hand washing before eating, no snacks and no smoking in operating areas, and separate lunchrooms from operating areas are best practices to minimize exposure. Welding or cutting operations that can cause a metal fume provide a pathway for uptake through inhalation and should be assessed for adequate ventilation and exposures moni- tored. Time of exposure to workers around molten leaded metals is also mandated and monitoring was required in my experience in steelmaking meltshops and continuous casting operations. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires manufacturers to provide a safety data sheet for hazard iden- tifi cation of materials that they produce. Is this dangerous material? From the current GHS sheet for Leaded Carbon steel bars from Republic Steel: H302: Don't eat it. OK. H372: Harmful through prolonged exposure. Check: What is your exposure? What is the dose? How long? P260: Don't breathe in dust or fumes. This is hard to do from a solid piece of barstock. P264: Wash hands. Check. Not exactly the scariest thing you'll encounter today. P270: Don't eat, drink, or smoke while using this product. This is common sense. P272: Isolate contaminated work clothing. This makes sense, but again, how is the lead, which is in a solid form in the metal, contaminating the clothing? Bottom line: Don't eat it, don't cut leaded products with a torch and limit exposure time if working around molten lead- ed metals. Otherwise, remember your lessons from kinder- garten and wash your hands, and don't eat or drink if you aren't in the lunchroom. Hope this helps. Love, Dad Letter to My Son About Lead in Machining Continued from page 17

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