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26 Apr How Stainless Steel Can Help Withstand Natural Disasters

In recent years the state weather bureau, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has confirmed an increase in the number of destructive tropical cyclones. There was a total of 14 destructive tropical cyclones in the Philippines in 2013 including super Typhoon Haiyan, considered to be the strongest and most destructive Steel Frametyphoon to make landfall in the world in recent history.

Another destructive force of nature is the violent tremors of earthquakes. The fear these provoke is often heightened by the unexpected occurrence coupled with intensity and duration. Such was the case in 2013 when a quake measuring 7.3 on the Richter Scale was recorded in Bohol and Cebu.

The Philippines is located in the Pacific Ring of Fire, and a resurgence for reminders about the forthcoming ‘Big One’ predicted to come from the West Valley Fault reverberated in mass media.

These alarming Occurrences have given rise to Project Noah and the 2004 Metro Manila Earthquake impact reduction study (MMEIRS). The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHILVOCS) provides that latest bulletins and advisories on the earthquakes and their recorded intensities locally and around the globe. It also gives updates on the status of the active volcanoes that it constantly monitors.

Prevention is better than cure. 

Material selection is a decisive factor for the durability of infrastructural buildings and installations, particularly for those underground. These may pass under water or through mountains where they are rarely seen or monitored once installed. Which is why Stell is the most common option, galvanised steel is practically indistrucable! It wont rust, morph or collapsed during such natural disasters as earthquakes, tsunami’s or hurricanes.

The steel must be able to meet the criteria in an environment that has aggressive atmospheric conditions and is subject to strong vibrations. In Tokyo, for instance, they have managed to survive strong earthquakes for the past three decades. The elasticity and ductility of the steel absorbs shocks without breaking or cracking. Due to this foresight, even in catastrophic situations, drinking water continues to be available.

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10 Aug Employee Safety is a Priority

Safety vs. Productivity

When it comes to safety vs. productivity, employee safety should always be the clear winner. In fact, when properly implemented the two goals should complement each other. After all, safe employees are productive employees.workplace safety

A survey by the national safety council reported that 70% of employees say that safety is part of their induction and ongoing training. It’s important to remind both employees and employers not to let safety practices slack due to a heavy workload and pending deadlines. Encouraging employees to stay focused will not only keep them safe but will actually help get the job done right and on time.

Important: Employees cannot and should not be forced to choose between safe practices and the pressure of keeping productivity goals. Most importantly, they must have the ability to stop production when they feel safety concerns are at stake. Safety is always the priority.

Safety culture begins at the top

When it comes to worker safety in industrial fabrication, a safety manager is a key liaison between management and employees. The safety managers responsibility to provide a safe working environment, including:

o   Providing a workplace free from serious recognised hazards

o   Comply with standards and regulations listed under OSH Act

o   Ensure employees have and are trained to use safe and properly maintained tools and equipmentworkplace injury

o   Establish or update operating procedures and communicate then so that employees follow safety and health requirements

o   Provide safety training in a language and vocabulary workers can understand

 

Safety issues should always be addressed immediately before anyone gets hurt!

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