In any business, employee safety should be the name of the game, but that's especially true in high-risk work environments like those common to the manufacturing sector. For that reason, you may need to do more to reinforce the safety measures you likely already have in place, and redouble your efforts to make sure everyone who works at your facility knows what's at stake - and what can be done to reduce risk.
Those steps include the following safety measures that can be invaluable to your manufacturing operation:
1) Make sure all equipment is properly maintained
Whether it's the machines you use to churn out your products, the heavy equipment you use to transport raw materials around your facility or the shelves where you store it all, maintenance is vital to worker safety, according to Convergence Training. If you haven't already, now is the time to set a schedule for inspecting and repairing anything that isn't in top shape, or reconsidering your current maintenance schedule as needed.
2) Reduce incidents of slipping and tripping
One of the most common types of accidents in any work setting is when someone injures themselves by falling down, Convergence Training advised. In a factory, the number of things on which an employee could slip or trip is significant, and so it must be a team effort to deal with those potential obstacles and clean up any spills as soon as they happen.
3) Provide safety equipment - and make sure employees wear it
There are many types of injuries that can occur in a factory and you should have high-quality safety equipment on hand to protect workers from most of them, according to First Aid Supplies Online. That could include everything from hard hats and work gloves to eye and ear protection, but staying out in front of those risks also requires that workers are conscientious about wearing them - and making sure they're in good shape before putting them on.
4) Keep emergency exits easily accessible
While an emergency that requires an evacuation is a remote risk even in factories dealing with hazardous materials, you need to make sure workers can get to them when required, First Aid Supplies Online noted. Keeping the areas around these emergency exits clear, and checking to make sure they are in good working order from time to time, is a must.
5) Teach and reinforce proper lifting techniques
Another common injury on the job? Back and joint injuries that come from workers trying to lift too-heavy items improperly, First Aid Supplies Online warned. As a consequence, holding the occasional safety trainings specifically focused on proper lifting techniques is usually a good idea.
6) Get everyone involved
This is a point that needs to be hammered home time and again in your factory: Safety is everyone's job, according to ACI Controls. For that reason, everyone from the shop floor to the board room needs to be aware of the safety risks inherent to their facility and work together to find solutions.
7) Reward safe habits
Finally, if you want to encourage a stronger safety posture, a great way to do it is with incentives, ACI Controls added. When your factory hits, say, six months or a year without an accident, giving workers a reward is a good idea.
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