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ND08 Connections

ND08 Connections

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November/December Issue of Connections
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02/15/2010

 
Connections
member newsletter 
november/december 2008www.manet.org
November 2008
18-19Practical Lean Level IPark Ridge (Chicago), Ill.20Building Lean Saety into theCompany CulturePark Ridge (Chicago), Ill.
December 2008
3FabCast–LeanGreenManuacturing10 - 11:30 a.m. CST3-4Fundamentals o Tool SteelPark Ridge (Chicago), Ill.4Machine Saeguarding orFabricatorsBuena Park, Cali.9-10Practical Lean Level IIPark Ridge (Chicago), Ill.12FabCast–Introduction toStamping Dies10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CST
January 2009
23FabCast–Fundamentals o Stamping Presses10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CST
Details at fmanet.org 
research assistance center ................. 3education ........................................ 4“go brennan” scholarship ................. 8newsmakers ....................................10
1These are just a ew o the comments we’veheard at FMA rom companies who say they need to acquire new business to replacesomething that’s been lost. Maybe they’veserved a specic customer or industry ordecades, and they arent sure where to turnto diversiy.I you’re in that situation and haven’tconsidered government work, now couldbe the right time. A lot o small businessesthink they are too small or too specialized tobe able to provide products or thegovernment. They also think it must be abureaucratic nightmare to even try.The truth is there are thousands o small companies selling to the governmentevery year. You have an opportunity to replace someo your private sector business with state andlocal government work and reap the benetso diversication and reliable cash fow.The Procurement Technical AssistanceCenter (PTAC) network covers the UnitedStates and provides the expertise to helpany interested business determine what they might provide, how to discover thegovernment’s need or their services, andhow to become a supplier. This is a reeservice and usually is available through anoce located at a college or university nearyou. Visit the PTAC Web site where you canget more inormation.FMA recently discovered a small businesstoolkit about government contracting thatyou can download or ree. It’s a great way tolearn all the basic inormation about addingthe government to your customer list.See sidebar at right or the Web link.
If these people can do it, so can you: 
Howabouttheretiredwoodworkerwho
now provides wooden handles to thegovernment or stretchers…
Orthesmall(nineperson)precision
machine shop that’s now making toolingor the aerospace and pharmaceuticalindustries…
Orthethreeemployeebusiness
 providing more than a million dollarsin asteners to the military….
Finally,there’sthejunkyardownerwho
provides old junked cars to the U.S. AirForce to train rescue personnel in Jawso Lie and other emergency services.These are just a ew real-lie examples o enterprising small businesses that ound aniche they could ll and are now beneting rom the time they spentbecoming a government supplier. You’ll readabout more in the small business toolkit. It just proves you don’t have to make tanks oraircrat carriers to be a government supplier!
Should you add the government to your customer list?
By Patricia Lee Public Relations Director 
“Business has slowed down.”“Our biggest customer just closed their doors.”“Gas prices are keeping people from buying RVs.”
More Inormation 
PTAC Web site
www.aptac-us.org/new/
Small Business Tool Kit
www.toolkit.com/small_business_guide/sbg.aspx?nid=P09_1000
 
3
Q:
 
 A:
 
 Atthistime,OSHAdoesnothaveacomprehensivestandardonlasersafety.OSHAhaspublishedseveraldocuments,
however, that you should review beore the inspection:STD 01-05-001 [Pub. 8-1.7]
Guidelines or Laser Saety and Hazard Assessment 
21 CFR 1040
Perormance Standards or Light-Emitting Products 
29 CFR 1910.133
Eye and Face Protection Standard 
[subpart o 
Occupational Saety and Health Standards 
]29 CFR 1926.54
Subpart D Nonionizing Radiation
 [subpart o 
Saety and Health Regulations or Construction
]
ThesedocumentsareavailableontheOSHAWebsite
 [www.osha.gov] and provide general guidelines or the sae use o lasers. The acknowledged greatest occupational hazard o lasers iseye damage because the laser beam ocuses an intense amount o light onto a small area. I a person looks straight at a laser beam,or its refection, the beam ocuses on a small area o the eye’sretina causing severe damage, and possibly resulting in permanentblindness.Protective eyewear is one o the most important saety precautions. Provide your laser operators with eyewear that isspecically designed to be worn when working around lasers andshould protect a person or a minimum o a 10 second exposure.Filtering screens are available or longer exposures. People who work in the general area o lasers should also wear protective eyeequipment, even i they do not work directly on the lasers.
Otherpotentialhazardsincludenoxiousfumesandultraviolet
radiation. The presence o these hazards may require ventilationsystems or respirators, or protective clothing such as gloves.
BeawarethattheGeneralDutyClauseoftheOSHAActof
1970 requires employers to urnish each o his employees a placeo employment which is ree rom recognized hazards that arecausing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm.
ManyOSHAinspectorshaveusedthatphrasewhenreviewing
laser operations as a basis or requiring employers to revise workplace practices to conorm to the recommendations andrequirements o standards such as the American NationalStandards Institute (ANSI) Z 136.1 series o standards onlaser saety.The ANSI series o laser standards are published by the Laser
InstituteofAmerica(LIA)andarerecognizedbyOSHAastherequirementsforaneffectivelasersafetyprogram.OSHAstatesin
its
Guidelines 
that although the Z 136.1 standard is not a law, ithas direct impact on laser standards worldwide. ANSI Z 136.1-2007,
Sae Use o Lasers 
, provides inormationon how to classiy lasers or saety, laser saety calculations andmeasurements, laser hazard control measures, and
recommendationsforLaserSafetyOfcersandLaserSafety
 Committees in all types o laser acilities.
ANSIZ136.1callsforaLaserSafetyOfcer,andproper
 training or laser operators. The degree o training required isspelled out in the ANSI standard and is determined by theclassication o laser equipment the operator controls. Lasertraining is available through the Laser Institute. Check laserinstitute.org or more inormation.The ANSI standard also describes laser warning signs that may be required. More inormation about the standard, including itspurchase, is available rom ANSI at http://webstore.ansi.org. Additional laser saety practices are ound in the newly updated
FMA / CNA Saety & Loss Control Manual 
e-version which isree to all FMA & TPA members. The document is listed on the
MembersOnlysectionoffmanet.org.Otherdocuments,such
as a sample company-wide laser saety program, and laser saety checklists, are available rom the Saety.BLR link on the Members
OnlysectionoftheFMAWebsite.
 The FMA store oers three styles o laser saety eyewear
designedforusewithCO2lasers.Referto
 manet.org/FMAStore, product numbers LASEF2, LASEF3,and LASEF4 or more details.Many resources are available to help you with the audit.Remember, the basic principle is protection – that’s the bestpractice or everyone.
 As a member, you have access to the largest and most extensive library devoted tothe metal orming and abricating industry—a benet reserved exclusively or members. FMA’s Research Assistance Center is the most ecient source or the inormation you need to optimize your operation. Advantage and Advantage 
Plus
  Members enjoy unlimited FREE research, while Basic Members receive one hour o FREE research assistance per month. Get your research questions answered when you call the Research Assistance Center at 1-815-399-8700 or e-mail researchassistance@manet.org.
We’re getting ready for another OSHA inspection. We’ve added some laser cuttingequipment since our last inspection and need to know what OSHA regulationsgovern laser equipment.
Summary o Laser Saety Considerations
 
1) Are all laser operators provided with adequate eyewear?2) Does everyone working or walking in the laser area wearprotective eyewear?3) Does the laser process cause hazardous umes exceedingacceptable levels o exposure?3a) I yes, is there adequate ventilation or do operatorswear respirators?4) Does the laser process create harmul levels o radiation?4a) I yes, do operators wear appropriate protective clothing?5) Are laser operators adequately trained?6) Is someone designated as a Laser Saety Ofcer?6a) Is the person properly trained or certifed?7) Is signage and/or labeling required?

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