Manufacturing safety is - or at least should be - every factory's top priority. To run at full efficiency on an ongoing basis, companies have to make sure their employees aren't running the risk of a workplace accident, which requires significant accountability from the factory floor to the boardroom. When everyone has a stake in keeping risks to a minimum, the odds that an accident takes place necessarily decline.
With that in mind, here are six tips that can help any company reduce the potential for even minor mishaps, allowing them to operate more smoothly over time:
1) Make maintenance a priority
All too often, workplace accidents arise as a result of equipment or gear failing due to long-term use, according to Convergence Training. As a consequence, it's important for someone (or several someones) to be in charge of checking every piece of equipment used in the factory, to spot signs of wear and tear. If anything is noticed, fixing it as soon as possible is vital.
2) Spotting risks as they emerge
Along similar lines, it's important for workers and managers alike to remain vigilant about the state of their working environment, Convergence Training further advised. Debris can pile up in certain areas, walkways can become increasingly slippery and so on, so someone needs to be in charge of noting those issues and making sure they're addressed in some way before they become a bigger risk.
3) Meet with a team
The more eyes companies can get on factory safety, the more easily they can tackle issues that lead to risk, according to Safety BLR. Having weekly or monthly can't-miss meetings about potential safety issues and the ways in which they can be addressed as easily as possible will help companies stay on top of emerging issues.
4) Review your practices
Another thing that can be done in these meetings is to make sure everyone is on the same page about the ways in which they are required to uphold safety standards by company policy, Safety BLR added. Moreover, those practices should be re-reviewed on a regular basis as working conditions change, such as more employees coming aboard, new equipment being installed or longer operational hours being instituted.
5) Regular training
Likewise, it's important for companies to make sure employees who are actually on the factory floor on a daily basis know every procedure they're supposed to follow like the backs of their hands, according to California Manufacturing Technology Consulting. When everyone knows best practices, because they have been drilled on them regularly, there's far less of a safety risk on an ongoing basis.
6) Make plans
It's also important for companies to keep in mind that no matter how much preparation they go through and caution they use, accidents are still likely to happen, CMTC noted. Whether small or big, companies need to have clear plans about how people are supposed to respond in just about any eventuality. When there's a clear to-do list around a workplace accident, the fallout from that problem can be effectively limited.
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