Four Weeks of Movember

Well November is over and shaving is back, but the beard and I had a good run and quite a bit of fun.  Here is the respectable picture with the beard.

Four Weeks of Movember

But while I shaved it off, I did try a couple of different looks.

One honoring our 21st President Chester A Arthur
CAA VS DAVE

To continue our highlight of Occupational Health Risks from earlier this Movember, OSHA has put out additional material on the dangers of noise, a serious threat to men’s and woman’s health in the workplace.  Sound is often over looked as a health risk, because its effects are not visible. The worst of the effects are typically not noticed until many years later, and it is very difficult or impossible to repair. According to OSHA’s website, The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) publishes annual  statistics for occupational injuries (including hearing loss) reported by  employers as part of required record keeping. The BLS data show that hearing  loss represented 12% of the occupational illnesses reported in 2010.  This represents more than 18,000 workers who experienced significant loss of  hearing due to workplace noise exposure.

To curtail, noise relate hearing loss OSHA outlines a detailed plan include the following (3) Home Runs.

Three Significant Home Runs

  1. Get a handle on pneumatic and compressed air  devices and machine controls,
  2. Implement an Acoustical Maintenance Program  to maintain existing noise controls and keep  machinery in good working order, and
  3. Go all the way with machine guarding to  include the acoustical benefits (pennies on the  dollar).

These three items will provide the greatest noise reduction per dollar invested, and can even have a payback in dollars through energy savings and life expectancy of equipment.

Let’s just look at Home Run number one.  In most plants, compressed air can easily be responsible for 25-33% of plant’s noise problems.  Noise is generated by turbulent gases mixing at widely different velocities.  One of the easiest ways of curtailing noise is to install Air Knives or Air Nozzles on any open pipe or homemade blow devices that will eliminate turbulent flow.  This will have the added benefit of reducing air consumption and eliminate the risk of dead-ended compressed air onto human skin.

At EXAIR, we have done a variety of studies and testing to determine the noise level on all of our products, so that you could do a survey with a Sound Level Meter at quantify your noise reduction at every work station.  Any noise reduction can have a significant impact on hearing loss for employees, and their current and future quality of life.

Dave Woerner
Application Engineer
davewoerner@exair.com
@EXAIR_DW

Free Safety Air Guns and Beards

Last week, Brian introduced Movember to the EXAIR blog this year.  I’m pretty sure Movember was started as a flimsy excuse for some Aussies to grow their facial hair and not have their bosses and wives give them a hard time.  I fully support this plan.  Having said that, it is very difficult to talk about men’s health with other men.  One of the difficulties is it is impossible to feel manly, while mentioning a prostate exam, but if women can go through breast examinations and child birth, we can deal with going to the doctor every year.  Do you know the one thing that makes you feel manly? Outrageous facial hair.  So I’m hoping by the end of the month, I will be able to pull off talking about testicular cancer, prostate exams, and mental health without making awful of jokes about the subject matter.  I wouldn’t bet on my growing up that much by growing a beard, but it is worth a shot.  *Note: I had a very funny joke here that made my editor spit his coffee from laughter, unfortunately, this a family friendly blog, so we had to cut it.*

On Halloween, I had my last full face shave until December 1st, but I have been trimming my neck.  Here are the results so far.

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1 week beard – not weak, but week.

I have reached the stage in beard growing, where I now need to do some trimming to keep it neat, and it itches like crazy.

(Alas, complaining about facial hair being itchy is distinctly unmanly, so I will stop that.  Joe is photobombing me in this picture to keep me from posting a selfie, which is also distinctly unmanly.)

Speaking of health issues.  According to Michigan’s OSHA Five Minute Safety Talk No. 13, “Air pressure in excess of 30 lbs. can drive chips, as well as scale from inside the piping, into your face and eyes with the force of shrapnel. Such air driven missiles still do damage when they bounce off a surface, spinning much like a high speed cutting head. Air pressure against the skin may penetrate deeply to cause internal hemorrhage and intense pain.”

When using compressed air, please ensure that you use an engineered solution to prevent accidentally dead ending over 30 PSIG against human skin and be sure to wear all PPE and ensure that proper shielding is in place to prevent flying chips from creating and unsafe situation.

This month EXAIR is running a promo on two products that will conserve compressed air and comply with OSHA’s standards.  Please take advantage of our month long Super Air Gun promotion for a free Super Air Gun with a purchase of any Super Air Knife.

Super Air Knife Promo

The Soft Grip Super Air Gun will conserve compressed air, while providing a strong blow off with up to 3.3 pounds of force.  By replacing open tubes and cheap air guns with EXAIR’s line of Safety Air Guns,  you will reduce the noise level in your facility and prevent dead ending over 30 PSIG of compressed air against human skin, which is a distinct threat to Men’s (and Women’s) health in the work place.

The Super Air Knife creates a laminar sheet of air which will cool, dry, blow off, open, float or separate your parts.  All of this process can be done while keeping the noise level below 69 dBA and providing up to 15 ounces of force with a 6″ long air knife, when it is supplied with 80 PSIG.

Dave Woerner
Application Engineer
davewoerner@exair.com
@EXAIR_DW

Movember Is Awesome!

In case you don’t know, today is the first day of Movember.  This is a month that some men decide to start with a clean-shaven face and grow out the mustache until the end of November to help raise awareness for prostate/testicular cancer. I, sadly, I am not participating this year, mainly because I am afraid my one-year-old daughter wouldn’t know who I am without a beard and my three-year-old would most likely want me to grow it back…immediately.  I grew my beard a couple years ago to help celebrate Movember and I liked it enough to keep it. But here is a link to a couple of my past Movember shenanigans. To give you some idea on what Movember is about, check the video below.

So that is one way that the month of November is awesome.  Here at EXAIR we like to celebrate November as well.  That’s right, we have not only made this month better one way, but two.  How you may ask?  First, we have extended the Safety Air Gun promotion which offers a free Chip Shield with the purchase of select Safety Air Guns.   The picture below is a link to that promotion.

Chip Shield Promo

Second, today marks the first day of our Super Air Knife promotion.   When you purchase a Super Air Knife and use the promotion from the link below, you will receive a free Soft Grip Safety Air Gun.

Super Air Knife Promo

So not only is November raising awareness on men’s health, but EXAIR is giving you two more reasons to like this month, a FREE Chip Shield with Safety Air Gun purchase and/or a FREE Soft Grip Safety Air Gun when purchasing a Super Air Knife.  If you have any questions on the promo’s or your compressed air system, feel free to contact us.

Brian Farno
Application Engineer
BrianFarno@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_BF

EXAIR Gives Thanks & Walks With St. Jude

This past weekend I had the honor of walking with a team of 14 people from EXAIR in the Saint Jude Give Thanks. Walk.  This walk went on across the nation in 90 cities.  This was all to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  As a whole EXAIR donated $455 to the St. Jude Foundation to help the fight against cancer.  My family and I had the joy of riding in the elevator from the parking garage with a survivor who St. Jude helped.  He had been diagnosed when he was 12 and is now 24, he wasn’t the only survivor there either.

The walk started out from a local mall, Newport on the Levee, and then crossed the Ohio River using the Purple People Bridge, then up through Lytle Park along the river.  Finally we crossed the bridge again and ended right back where we started.  The total raised for the St. Jude Give thanks. Walk was $35,439.04.  That’s an impressive amount raised while enjoying our families and good company, and supporting a great cause.

Yet another amazing reason to be part of the EXAIR team. Thanks for supporting us.

Brian Farno
Application Engineer
BrianFarno@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_BF