Every seven seconds, a worker is injured on the job. While these are staggering numbers, safety practices are often neglected because they take extra effort and time. Companies that take time to instill them report fewer injuries and keep their employees productive for longer. It can take you a few minutes to check workplace safety, but those few minutes could you save you a lot of money and time. There are basic rules every manufacturing company should follow, and if your company is yet to comply, here are a few rules to get you started.
1. Safety gear
All employees should wear proper safety gear, glasses, and clothing for their job position while at work. They are safety gear because they keep people from getting injuries. Employees should report when their safety equipment is damaged so it that be replaced. Whether it’s picking up messes or using a machine, safety gears are vital in reducing accidents at the workplace.
2. Clothing and jewelry
When dealing with moving machines, workers should never wear loose clothes and jewelry. The results of a loose clothing item or jewelry being caught on the machine can be detrimental. For their own safety, workers should wear properly fitting clothes and remove their jewelry as soon as they get to work. Workers with long hair should tie it back in a way it can’t be caught on the machine or fall forward, blocking their view.
3. Safety training
Mishandling of guards, powerful industrial trucks and electric equipment often affect the manufacturing industry. It’s vital to host safety meetings to educate your workers on how to use guards and handle the equipment. These meetings should also talk about exposure to toxic materials which may affect your worker’s health and expose the company to risks such as fires and explosions. Knowing potential hazards can help you, and your workers prepare preventative measures and adequate safety measures.
4. Slips and trips
Slips and trips are the second most prevalent cause of nonfatal occupational injuries. It is vital to keep isles dry and clean to prevent employees from slipping and tripping. If your company deals with liquids, make sure you install guards and drip pans. Ensure there are no holes, nails projecting from the floor, and loose boards that could fall on someone.
5. Work areas and emergencies should be clear
A cluttered work area is prone to lead to accidents. Keep work areas well lit and clutter-free to prevent tripping and to ensure your employees can see what they are working on. Equipment should always be stored in the proper area after use. Ensure all exits are clear of clutter to aid in safe evacuations in case of an emergency.
Safety should be created into the company culture. Making it an integral part of your company operations keeps everyone safe. Embed safety rules in your employee’s routine and make them aware that safety is their responsibility. Once it becomes part of their daily routine, the number of accidents will drop to almost none.