In a manufacturing facility, you likely have a number of workers whose jobs put them in direct contact with potentially dangerous machines for many hours every day. Of course, these issues typically only arise if someone has shirked a responsibility somewhere along the line, so you need to take a holistic approach to ensuring that doesn't happen.
Consequently, we have some tips to make machining a bit safer for everyone under your roof going forward:
1) Never remove or try to work around safeguards
This is the kind of thing that should go without saying, but employees can never be allowed to tamper with, remove or try to get around the safety guards machine manufacturers put in place, according to EHS Daily Advisor. There may be times when this seems like a good idea or even necessary, but it's never acceptable to alter them without a trained professional.
2) Never leave running machines unattended
This is another thing that shouldn't have to be said, but all too many industrial accidents happen due to carelessness around leaving machines running when they're not being actively used, EHS Daily Advisor said. This can occur for any number of reasons, but the cause isn't the issue; it's the potential end result. As such, it needs to be drilled into everyone's heads that this kind of decision or mistake cannot happen.
3) Create a culture of safety and reporting issues
A great way to address the above two concerns is to simply make sure safety is at the center of everything you do as an organization and individually, according to Production Machining. If someone sees a machine running with no one around, they should be empowered to shut it off and report the issue to a supervisor so that it can be handled properly going forward.
4) Give employees all the training they need
Of course, you can't expect everyone to follow all the proper safety procedures and rules if they either don't know what those are or aren't sure how to actually do so, Production Machining advised. Consequently, safety training and proper use of all relevant machines is something that should be happening on an ongoing basis, to ensure that everyone is on the same page when it comes to safe machining techniques at all times.
5) Create a maintenance and cleaning schedule
Your employees can do everything right when it comes to proper behaviors around necessary but potentially dangerous machines, but if they're not maintained and cleaned properly, machine failure could put them at significant risk, according to MSC Direct. As such, you need to make sure all machines are given a tune-up and cleaned regularly, so that the odds of failure are kept to a minimum.
6) Provide all the PPE workers need
Finally, you should ensure your employees have all the personal protective equipment they need to operate your machines safely, and that this PPE is always in good shape, MSC Direct cautioned. Regular inspections can help guarantee they're not using any worn-out equipment in the course of their daily work.