There are many places in a factory where a careless mistake can lead to safety risks for workers, but there may not be any one area where this is more true than the space around your production line. With lots of humans likely working in close proximity to constantly moving machines, the risk that one misstep will lead to an accident may be more heightened than you realize.
For that reason, factory managers would be wise to make sure they are doing more to monitor and reduce risk on an ongoing basis, and that workers know all the potential risks that may be unique to their jobs or the facility as a whole. That effort should start with the following steps:
1) Keep your equipment in the best shape possible
If you don't have a comprehensive maintenance plan in place for every piece of equipment on your factory floor, the best time to put one together is "as soon as possible," according to The Manufacturer. Equipment that is well maintained and monitored for performance on an ongoing basis not only helps keep your workers safe. It also ensures your production processes are as efficient as possible and that you can avoid a potentially costly shutdown for emergency repairs.
2) Teach proper use of all equipment
It should go without saying that employees need to be trained for proper use of your production machines, but that's true for safety reasons in addition to simply being able to fulfill orders on time, according to California Manufacturing Technology Consulting. When your workers know what risks may be unique to their jobs, they are far more likely to avoid potential problems and keep your processes going strong.
3) Put together a safety committee
Of course, safety is hardly a set-it-and-forget-it proposition in any aspect of your operations, and you have to continually monitor everything you do to ensure the level of safety and success your organization is looking for, California Manufacturing Technology Consulting added. With that in mind, perhaps the easiest way to do so is to assemble a team of experienced workers at all levels of your organization, and from all applicable departments. This way, you can consistently get input and find good courses of action to ensure a strong safety record in the long run.
4) Rearrange for ergonomics
One of the biggest injury risks in any factory comes not from a machine failure or human error, but rather the natural wear and tear that comes with doing repetitive tasks over and over in the course of daily work, according to MCR Safety. Repetitive stress injuries may be especially common if workers have to bend, twist or lean in certain ways as part of their work, so you might be wise to make sure your facility is properly arranged to be more ergonomically friendly for your workers' backs and joints. Even a few small adjustments to positioning could go a long way toward reducing on-the-job injury risk.