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5 manufacturing safety issues to address in your factory

11/4/2019

5 manufacturing safety issues to address in your factory

While many companies put a high priority on safety, some in the manufacturing sector still may not go far enough to properly protect their workers from accidents and injuries. For that reason, companies need to do more to address these issues, as you can never have a strong enough safety record.

The following topics to both evaluate among managers and discuss with your workers on an ongoing basis are just the tip of the iceberg when dealing with those risks:

1) Repetitive stress injuries

One of the unfortunately realities of some manufacturing jobs is workers have to make the same motions hundreds or more times throughout the day, according to Safety Talk Ideas. This could be pulling levers, lifting items or anything else along those lines. Over time, making the same motions again and again can lead to injuries. Workers should be aware of these risks and be able to spot and report the warning signs so they don't end up having to sit on the sidelines for days or more with a repetitive stress injury.

2) Complacency

When workers are tasked with doing the same thing on a daily basis, they may start to feel as though it's routine and doesn't require a lot of attention, Safety Talk Ideas added. Unfortunately, this is a common way accidents happen. When workers are careless on the shop floor, they significantly increase the risk of injury to themselves or others, so all reasonable steps must be taken to increase awareness.

3) Machine safety

The equipment that helps keep your factory's output churning at a high rate often comes with some serious hazards, and workers should not only be taught what they are, but retrained on avoiding them on an ongoing basis, according to EHS Insights. Safe operation of production equipment is a must, and while some accidents are unavoidable, many that aren't need to be nipped in the bud.

4) Reporting concerns

In some factory settings, workers may not feel empowered to report potential risks before they become major problems, EHS Insights noted. These can be as simple as noticing a twinge in their shoulders when they do a basic task, or identifying a potential hiccup in a machine that hasn't been serviced in a while. Stressing the importance of reporting them to a proper authority is always a good idea, because it may help avoid an even bigger safety issue later on.

5) Evacuation procedure

While it's unlikely at best, there may come a time when your workers will have to get out of your factory in a quick and orderly fashion due to a serious problem like a fire or chemical spill, according to Reliable Plant. For that reason, it's critical to not only have an evacuation plan in place, but also clearly communicate to workers what that is, and even drill them on clearing out safely from time to time. Just like the fire drills you went through regularly in grade school, practice makes perfect for your manufacturing business as well.

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