The manufacturing business can be incredibly dangerous and as a business owner, it’s down to you to keep your employees safe. Your staff do have a responsibility to follow safety practices, but you can’t always rely on other people to do the right thing, and if you don’t put the right safety measures in place, accidents are likely to happen. This is bad news for you because it means that valuable employees could be injured, and you may find yourself in trouble with the authorities for breaking health and safety regulations. If you run a manufacturing business and you worry that your health and safety measures may not be up to scratch, here are a few important things you need to consider.
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Hiring The Right People
Before you start thinking about manufacturing equipment or safety processes, you need to consider your employees. If you hire people that are reliable and follow health and safety guidelines properly, the chance of an accident is significantly reduced. But if you hire people that are lazy and are always looking for ways to cut corners, they will throw health and safety processes out of the window and put everybody in danger. It’s important that you hire experienced employees and always conduct a background check before you make your decision.
Improve Hazardous Material Management
If you use hazardous materials in your manufacturing business, it’s vital that you have a good system in place to manage them. You need a procedure in place to deal with any spillages quickly and safely, so nobody gets injured. Using a material safety data sheet (msds) management is so important because it gives you easy access to all of the data that you need about how to deal with spillages of various chemicals. Each different substance needs to be handled in a specific way, and in an emergency situation, you need access to the material safety data sheets immediately, so it’s important to invest in a management system.
You also need to have clear processes in place for disposing of hazardous waste products that could be dangerous to your employees and may potentially cause damage to the environment. Local authorities will have guidelines and systems in place for disposing of waste safely, and it’s important that you follow the rules and regulations to the letter.
Keep Up With Equipment Maintenance
Manufacturing equipment is safe when it is in good working order and it is used correctly. However, if you don’t keep up with maintenance, accidents are far more likely to happen. Over time, working parts get worn down and can eventually break. That’s why it’s important to keep up with preventative maintenance, and check equipment over regularly for any maintenance issues. If you do notice small issues, fix them right away because if you ignore them, they will only get worse and the machinery will become dangerous.
Update Old Equipment
Manufacturing equipment comes with its own built in safety features like automatic shutdown and kill switches, but old equipment will not have as many of these great features. Modern equipment that has more advanced safety features is far safer, which is why it’s important that you update old equipment if possible. Newer equipment will also be in much better condition, meaning that it’s far less likely to break down. Even though it’s expensive to purchase new manufacturing equipment, it will be a lot more energy efficient so you will save money in the long term.
Provide The Right PPE
PPE (personal protective equipment) like goggles, gloves, boots etc. is so important in a manufacturing environment. There is a lot of dangerous machinery around and without the right protective gear, people are likely to get hurt. It’s down to your employees to make sure that they are following PPE guidelines but it’s your responsibility to provide it for them and train them to use it. When you are purchasing PPE, don’t go for the cheapest option because it will not offer the right protection.
It’s also important that you remind your employees of the PPE guidelines on a regular basis. Training sessions are an effective way to do this but you should also put up signs on equipment so people know exactly what protective equipment they should be wearing while operating it. As long as you have made the rules clear, it’s down to your employees to follow them.
If you run a manufacturing business, it’s important that you follow these important health and safety tips so you don’t risk accidents and injuries.