Safety Practices in Manufacturing
When you are a business owner, you know how important it is to make sure that no one gets hurt. Unfortunately, we tend to neglect some of the best safety practices because they take time and effort. Spending that little extra time and effort is worth it if it helps avoid injuries. If you are an employee, following those safety protocols is not only in your best interest but also that of your coworkers. Here are some safety practices that you should follow to ensure a safe work environment.
The harsh reality is that accidents happen. During the fiscal year 2018, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) levied more than $50 million in fines for violations of safety regulations. For every 100 employees, nearly four people experienced a workplace injury or illness. Safety requirements are designed to keep people who go to work in the industry safe. Maintaining these health and safety protocols in a manufacturing environment should be a top priority not just for you but for everyone. Identifying potential industrial safety hazards before incidents occur will help keep you and your employees safe on the job.
It is important for employees to wear enough respiratory protection to keep out any harmful contaminants such as smoke, gas, and vapors. These contaminants can cause cancer, diseases, and even death if proper equipment is not used. Having the proper machinery is essential to making sure your work environment is secure and safe. Having safeguards and written operating procedures with comprehensive training will help keep your employees safe and protected.
While making sure you have all the correct protection equipment, it's just as important to make sure you inform supervisors of any unsafe conditions. Since your supervisor is legally obligated to help keep you and your fellow employees working environment safe, Make sure your supervisors have an emergency action plan that can define what employees should do in the event of a fire or other emergency.
As an employer, you want to make sure that hazardous materials are not tracked into other areas. You are going to want to make sure that the work mats are maintained and kept clean. Prevent cross-contamination by using different cleaning materials. Change your clothes if you accidentally spill any toxic materials on them. Also, make sure that if you are working with any toxic or hazardous materials, you do not wear your work clothes home. Try to learn all about the hazardous materials that you may encounter and how to prevent accidents if they occur. It’s important to be prepared at all times. Be aware of any and all hazardous materials that may be in your environment when you are working.
Preventing fatigue will also prevent workplace injuries and accidents. Take the necessary breaks to ensure that you can be ready in case of an accident. At EIDS Cleaning, we have over two decades of experience. We are industry-certified and offer free consultations to companies. Contact us today about how we can help implement effective cleaning protocols.