• Avoiding Heat-Related Illness

    Every year, dozens of workers die and thousands more become ill while working in extreme heat or humid conditions. There are a range of heat illnesses and they can affect anyone, regardless of age or physical condition. During times of intense heat, workers can be at serious risk of illness, over-exhaustion and potentially even death. As summer temperatures soar, employees who work outdoors are especially susceptible to heat-related illnesses. Similarly, workers in indoor environments can also fall victim to excess heat exposure. Below are few areas that, if followed will help to eliminate...
  • ONI Company Collaboration Makes News in Modern Metals

    From its base in Birmingham, Alabama, O’Neal Industries (ONI) is a household name in the service center industry. It’s gigantic, with tentacles across North America and locations from Singapore to Southampton, but as a family owned enterprise, it remains devoted to a culture of honest, highly competent dealings, friendly assistance and long-term relationships. Norm Browning, ONI’s vice president of business development, works as a liaison to all sales, manufacturing and customer service teams. He explains the company’s structure and how it works. "Each affiliate has its own operating network....
  • First Aid Awareness

    There will be occasions when colleagues or customers may suffer injuries or be taken ill. When this happens it is important that they receive immediate attention and in serious cases that the emergency services are called promptly. When an accident happens, a first aid program that meets the requirements of the law and is tailored to the type and size of the workplace can literally make the difference between life and death, or between recovery and permanent disablement. Supervisors should have information readily available that list emergency contacts in case of a serious injury. The...
  • The Importance of Safety Glasses

    Statistics provided by the U.S. Department of Labor suggest thousands of employees suffer from eye injuries every year, many resulting from work related injuries incurred when workers used inadequate eye protection. Such injuries may result in blindness and thousands of dollars in lost production time and medical expenses. It is important for employees and employers to understand the benefits of wearing adequate eye protection. Eye protection and safety glasses generally fall under the category of PPE or personal protective equipment, and generally serve to protect workers and consumers from...
  • 4th of July Fireworks Safety

    The Forth of July holiday will be here soon, and one of our traditions inthe United States is to watch fireworks displays or shoot them off ourselves. Fireworks cause an average of almost 18,500 reported fires per year, and sparklers account for more than one quarter of emergency room fireworks injuries. The highest injury rates were for children aged 10 to 14 and 75% of all injured were male. Most fireworks injuries involve burns, but there were also contusions, lacerations and other types of injuries. Let’s look at some safety precautions if you’re around fireworks: Be prepared before you...
  • UPM's FIRSTCUT+® Processing Services

    Our FIRSTCUT+® Processing Services include cut-to-length, slitting, edging, chamgering & facing, shearing, laser cutting, laser gauge measurement, water jet cutting, plasma cutting, sawing, precision cold saw cutting, precision blanks, first stage machining, heat treating, ultra-sonic testing, boring, trepanning, and deburring. Take a look at our latest video highlighting the FIRSTCUT+® Processing Services featured by United Performance Metals. If you have additional questions, don't hesitate to contact our sales team at sales@upmet.com . To view our new video on UPM's FIRSTCUT+® Processing...
  • Safety Topic: Got Water?

    In summer weather and other hot, humid working conditions, drinking enough water is vital to preventing heat illness. The most serious illness, heat stroke, can be fatal. It occurs when the body’s cooling system fails because of moisture and minerals lost to sweating. To prevent heat illness under hot work conditions make sure you stay hydrated. If possible, try to stay out of the sun. Take breaks when you can and drink water frequently. Don’t drink a large quantity of water at once, just keep on sipping. Drinking enough water helps keep the body’s digestive and elimination systems working...
  • UPM Has a “Nose” for Helping Kids!

    On this special occasion, staff members of United Performance Metals put on a happy face…and a big, red nose. Red Nose Day began in 1988 as a fundraiser to end child poverty around the world. To date, Red Nose Day has raised over $1 billion globally. Celebrated in the United States on May 25 th , funds raised support programs in all 50 states and in some of the poorest communities in Latin America, Asia and Africa. These projects ensure kids are safe, healthy, educated, and empowered. In 2016, 2,659,642 children’s lives were directly impacted through a program supported by the initiative,...
  • Safety Topic: Treat That Cut

    The shelves of drugstores and supermarkets are loaded with a variety of bandages and other first aid items, so it’s surprising how many people still get infections from untreated wounds. Small cuts and abrasions can be the start of something big, so they shouldn’t be ignored. They require immediate attention. It’s hard to visualize the number of germs, some of them deadly, that are often on our skin and on the things we work with. These germs are just waiting to find an opening in the skin to enter the body and start trouble. When cuts occur, treat them right away. Don’t wait until break time...
  • Safety Topic: Spring Cleaning Safety

    As the weather starts to change many homeowners start to think about spring cleaning. Here are some safety tips: Household and pool chemicals, paints, and poisons should be properly marked and stored under lock and key, away from children’s reach. Dispose of any that are leaking, expired, or that look bad. When cleaning up hazardous chemicals wear rubber gloves and follow the safety directions on the packaging. Never mix chemicals in the same container if you don’t know how to dispose of them, seek outside advice. Never put them into the trash or pour down the drain. Make sure gasoline and...