July 1, 2009
by Kerry Clines, Senior Editor
Silica exposure guidance document
The new 72-page guidance document, Controlling Silica Exposures in Construction, provides information on controlling silica exposure using various engineering control approaches and tools for several kinds of construction operations and equipment, as well as recommendations for work practices. The guide covers case studies and engineering control/worker recommendations on vehicle-mounted rock drilling rigs. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Tire care training
A new Tire Care Computer-Based Training Program helps operators of off-road heavy equipment understand how they can help extend tire life. The self-study or instructor-led program offers easily understood explanations of operating conditions that affect tire life, as well as graphics and visuals to support the narrated message. As each lesson is completed, “Check Your Knowledge” questions review the information presented. Vista Training, Inc.
Training videos online
Schenck Process updated its Web site to offer online support for its customers with training tools for proper equipment maintenance, installation techniques, and operational procedures. Two featured videos on the site include the proper installation of flexible couplings and connections, as well as installing and calibrating belt scales. The Web site can be found at www.schenckamericas.com. Schenck Process.
Earthmover tire training
Michelin’s earthmover tires service training program recently earned the endorsement of the Tire Industry Association (TIA). Michelin’s existing service course was modified to integrate the new TIA Earthmover Tire Service (ETS) Program. The three-day course includes 15 modules covering a range of subjects from service vehicle and crane operation to the servicing of one-, three-, and five-piece rims on simulated machine and loose applications. Technicians completing the course will be eligible to earn TIA’s ETS Certificate of Completion. Michelin North America.
Conveyor animation and videos
Van der Graaf Inc.’s new, free CD features animation of its patent-pending Cross Drive technology and showcases the inner workings of its units compared to conventional drives. Drum motor animation shows parts and assembly of units, including power connections, motor cover, and end-cap attachment. One video illustrates the 10-step assembly process, while another highlights drum motors in action in the aggregate industry. Van der Graaf Inc.