It’s not a secret that manufacturing is one of the industries that has a higher risk of injury. It’s only to be expected, given the machinery involved in a lot of those businesses. But that doesn’t mean you just sit back and accept that there will be injuries.
Being prepared for them is important, but so is working to reduce the chances of them happening. Many of these risks also apply to the construction business. Here are a few ways you should be doing that.
Slips, trips and falls
It might not seem like the most pertinent risk in a manufacturing business. But perhaps that’s because you haven’t considered the risk seriously enough. Falls anywhere near a machine or storage units can cause serious damage.
Clear walkways are a necessity. Use floor markings to designate spaces where employees cannot leave any equipment, litter or other items. Take care of those walkways when the machinery isn’t operational and make sure signage is used in excess to highlight spillages.
Protective equipment is a must
You undoubtedly already know that you’re going to need protective equipment in the business. But are you doing enough to treat like the core part of safety that it is? An inventory system needs to be set up to make sure there is enough personal protection equipment at all times.
Inspections should be carried out regularly to assess the condition of the equipment and when replacements need to be made. Around different areas, you should use signs to indicate which equipment is required in that area.
Training your staff
The signs aren’t going to be enough of a reminder to your staff. You need to make regular safety training a priority. Not just on how they can avoid the various risks around the workplace, but how they can prevent them.
For instance, how to maintain the equipment they work with. You should also designate employees to train in first aid and safety officer duties.
Looking at your machines
You can’t talk about safety in any manufacturing business without taking a closer look at the machines. Your staff might not be qualified to give them the most thorough of inspections. For that, you need to consider a proper PUWER assessment.
It’s important to people with the right qualifications taking a closer look at the risks in the business. Otherwise, you may find yourself susceptible to some you never even considered.
A lot of manufacturing businesses make use of vehicles particularly for transporting materials and equipment. The safe driving and maintenance of those vehicles is another thing that needs to be taught. Make sure that no-one without the right license touches a vehicle. Then focus on special awareness at all times for those that do.
For instance, teach them maneuvers that reduce their need to reverse. When they do reverse, ensure they do it only after they have complete confirmation the space behind them is clear.
Vigilance and communication is the key. Ensure that you schedule maintenance and training sessions often. Your people and your equipment need to be kept up to date at all times. Don’t let it slip.