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Welding Fumes now Classified as Carcinogenic to Humans

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Need to Know: Clearing the Air on Welding Fumes

The International Agency for Research on Cancer recently reclassified welding fume from Group 2B "possibly carcinogenic to humans" to Group 1 "carcinogenic to humans". The reclassification came following sufficient evidence that welding fumes causes lung cancer. This reclassification has forced many welders and workplaces to rethink their current approach to respiratory protection. For many, the use of powered air respiratory protection (PAPR) has never been more important.

  • By Blackwoods
  • Published on April 1, 2019
How Milwaukee One-Key Helps You Track and Control Your Tools

Whether you like it or not, the digital jobsite of the future is here now, and is here to stay, with mobile apps front and centre of the digital revolution. Now, Milwaukee Tools are pioneering the latest industry-changing technology with the introduction of the downloadable App called ONE-KEY, the first digital platform for tools and equipment.

  • By Blackwoods
  • Published on March 1, 2019
Glove Coatings - What's Best For You?

Not having the right fit for purpose glove for your task can heavily impact the gloves effectiveness and your productivity. The better grip, dexterity and durability that the coating provides the more benefits it has for the worker at reducing hand-related injuries. So how do you know which coating is the best for your job? Let’s walk through the options.

  • By Blackwoods
  • Published on February 1, 2019
How to Protect Your Hearing While Maintaining Communication on the Jobsite

Noisy environments within industrial work places can often be a hazard. Whether it is a foundry, manufacturing plant, automotive repair shop or construction site, noise is a constant. The 3M Peltor range has a series of features designed to not only minimise the impact sound has on the ear drum, but also to allow employees to communicate with fellow workers easily in loud, demanding environments.

  • By Blackwoods
  • Published on February 1, 2019
What is Intrinsically Safe Design and When Do I Need it?

One of the most common ignition sources sites such as coal mines, oil rigs and sewerage plants are the sparks and hot surfaces generated from common electronic devices. To avoid potential disaster, it is crucial that equipment which is used in these hazardous areas takes an Intrinsic Safety design approach.

  • By Blackwoods
  • Published on February 1, 2019
The Truth About Silica Exposure and How to Protect Yourself

The recent increase in the cases of silicosis amongst Australian workers has seen silica being dubbed “the new asbestos”. Long-term exposure to silica, which is created when artificial or engineered stone is cut, is the cause of silicosis, an irreversible lung disease which can eventually become fatal.

  • By Blackwoods
  • Published on February 1, 2019
40 Fabulous Uses for WD-40

Today, you'd be hard pressed finding many Aussie homes, workshops or garages that don't have a can of WD-40 on the shelf. Over the years the amount of uses for the spray has grown, with everyone having their own little WD-40 secret. WD-40 themselves claim over 2000 uses. Here we've picked 40 of the best, some obvious, some not.

  • By Blackwoods
  • Published on February 1, 2019
3 Ways Milwaukee's M18 Fuel Crushes The Toughest Jobs

Upon release, Milwaukee promised the M18 Fuel Line would deliver extreme-performance cordless power tools with unprecedented power, run-time and durability. The fact that today, almost 5 years since the initial launch, the M18 FUEL Line remains at the top of the professional power tool game, suggests Milwaukee more than delivered on its promise.

  • By Blackwoods
  • Published on December 20, 2018
Protecting Welders' Eyesight: Choosing The Best Auto-Darkening Welding Helmet

Auto-darkening helmets have been around for many years, and are now established as an invaluable addition to a welder’s kit, offering both safety and productivity benefits to the operator and his/her employer.

  • By Blackwoods
  • Published on December 10, 2018
Cut the Cord With Dewalt Flexvolt

The Flexvolt XR System by DeWalt is a range of 54V power tools and batteries that offers unprecedented runtime and power. For the first time ever, professional tradesman can undertake heavy-duty construction applications without the need for mains power, eliminating the need for cords and creating a truly cordless jobsite.

  • By Blackwoods
  • Published on December 1, 2018
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BLACKWOODS KNOWS: WOMEN IN TRADE
Why More Aussie Women are Becoming Tradies

Long the sole domain of blokes, the number of Aussie women looking to forge a career in tradie roles is on the rise. In the past 12 months alone we’ve seen more than 10,000 women starting a trade.

Why More Women Should Get Into Welding

"Growing up I always liked fixing things, so when I got a little older I knew the career path I wanted to go down would be different to what a lot of people consider normal for a girl. I wanted to go into a trade."

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