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There Is No Excuse For Ignoring Health And Safety!

hazardous-substancesIf you ask a dozen different business owners what the most important part of any business is, you’re likely to get a dozen different answers. Now, that’s not to say that any, or all, of those answers, are going to be wrong, it’s just an example of the fact that no two business owners are going to have the same kind of priorities.

That can be an extremely positive thing a lot of the time since it helps to create a dynamic and varied space for various businesses to work within. However, the problem with particular people have particular priorities is that certain things end up getting left by the wayside.

One of the most common things that ends up ignored all too often is health and safety. The fact that health and safety is so often ignored is particularly shocking when you think about how important it really is. To help you make sure that you’re not making the same mistakes as so many other business owners, here are some aspects of your health and safety that you should be focussing more heavily on.

Creating a safe environment

Making sure that the work environment that your employees use is safe should always be right at the top of your list of priorities. Whether you’re doing something simple like making sure that an office is laid out in a suitable way so that there are always clear walkways or something more specific like installing mezzanine safety gates in your warehouse. Think carefully about the way a particular space is going to be used, that way you’re much less likely to miss something important.

Providing adequate training

A lot of businesses involve the use of a lot of different pieces of equipment. Because of that, your employees need to be adequately trained so that they don’t end up in any serious danger. This also applies to the more basic training that you should be providing in terms of general health and safety when in an office environment.

Leading by example

You can’t expect your employees to care about health and safety if they can see that you don’t. It’s incredibly important that you take the initiative when it comes to creating a culture of safety within your workplace. Show your employees that you take health and safety seriously and they are much more likely to follow suit.

However, if you’re telling them to follow one rule, only to go and do something else, you’re likely to end up with employees who are frustrated and resentful. When that happens, the chance of them ignoring the correct procedures and putting themselves at risk increased significantly. Practicing what you preach is something that every successful business owner needs to be able to do.

Remember that health and safety isn’t just a matter of ticking boxes. Neglecting it can have serious, long-term consequences. Not only can an accident cause an employee to be out of commission for a long time, harming productivity, but there’s also a chance that you could be liable if you haven’t put the correct health and safety procedures in place.

 

Downtime and How to eliminate It from Your Production Process!

 

downtimeA manufacturing process is, more often than not, only as efficient as its machines. So when something goes wrong those machines, the efficiency of your process is going to crash. Of course, it’s not just the machines you have to worry about – employees can be the cause of downtime, too!

Downtime occurs when an unplanned stop occurs during your production schedule. It’s a gruesome beast that needs to be slain if you want to ensure your manufacturing business can run at its peak. So let’s take a look at the best ways in which you can begin to tackle this problem!

Keep a record of downtime

The importance of this cannot be overstated. (Well, okay, perhaps it can. If you spend all your time recording downtime instead of trying to fix it, then someone has overstated its importance to you!) You’re going to have a difficult time preventing downtime if you’re not sure how it’s happening and for how long your business is being affected by it.

There are ways to implement trackers that will automatically record the downtime of any given machine. You can also ask employees to help by adding downtime occurrences (and their causes) to a database.

Better training

No, I’m not talking about training the technology. Your employees, like it or not, are quite possibly the biggest reason for any downtime you might be experiencing! There are two reasons for this. One is the distraction, though this tends to fall into the irritating category of micro-downtimes that basically require the team to be a bit more disciplined. The other reason is human error.

If someone has used a machine incorrectly – have attempted to force something that doesn’t fit, or apply something to an unsuitable material – then downtime is inevitable. Look into more involved training for newcomers. You may even want to consider retraining the old guard!

Calibrate your equipment

Big problems that result in downtime are often the result of lots of little problems all piling together over time. Often, this can be the result of misreadings or inaccurate delivery of temperature, humidity, pressure, or electricity. These are errors in calibration, and they’re alarmingly common in manufacturing processes.

Errors with these settings or readings can be incredibly hard to spot, even if you’ve worked with the machines in question for some time. All of this can result in downtime if you’re not working with the right calibration service.

Ask your employees

Business owners in this field – well, in any field, in fact – often make the mistake of assuming they can figure out the cause of downtime all on their own. Many don’t stop to think that the people who might have the most knowledge about the problem are the employees!

You need to ensure that employee input is encouraged here – and not just now, when problems are occurring, but from now on, to ensure that any potential problems are dealt with as quickly as possible. Make sure your employees know precisely why downtime is so damaging to the business (many of them underestimate the problem) and they’ll be happy to keep a closer eye on things and perhaps even suggest solutions.

Tips on How to Prepare Your Business for the Worst!

Preparing your business for the worst case scenario is something that every serious business owner should do. Unless you prepare for the worst, your business will never be able to weather the storms coming its way. In other words, to be successful, you need to know how to avoid the pitfalls that often lead to failure.Here’s everything you need to know about preparing your business for the worst.

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In other words, to be successful, you need to know how to avoid the pitfalls that often lead to failure.Here’s everything you need to know about preparing your business for the worst.

Keep Training Staff to Make Sure They Progress Rather Than Stagnate

By training the people who work for your company, you can make sure that they are always improving. This is one great way of preparing for the worst because if something does go wrong, you’re going to need talented and capable people around you who can dig you out of the mess.

So, always do what you can to train people and keep them developing and progressing. It’s good for them and their careers, but it’s also very good for your business. Investing in training is one of the very best forms of investment you can make as a business owner.

Every Plan A Should Have a Plan B

Whenever you have a plan for your business and what it’s going to do next, you should always make sure that you have a plan B that goes alongside it. It’s a simple preparation tip, but it’s one that will really pay off for your business in the long run, so don’t forget about it.

There are a million ways in which your original and preferred plan can be derailed. That’s the nature of business; there are always unexpected issues waiting to jump out at you. But if you can quickly and smoothly jump to your plan B, this will be much better for you and your business’s chances of success.

Take Fire Safety Precautions

Fire safety precautions have to be taken if you want your business to function safely and in a way that is prepared for the worst. It’s worth doing more than the bare minimum that’s expected of businesses as well.

So, you could add things like new a Deluge Nozzle to your workplace hose if it hasn’t been updated for a while. And you should make sure that your smoke alarms are tested every few months. On top of all that, you should be sure to carry out fire drills with regularity to make sure that everyone knows what to do in the event of a fire.

Don’t be Overly Pessimistic, But Don’t Cut Corners Either

When you’re preparing for the worst, it’s easy to become a little bogged down and negative. That’s not what you want to happen, though. It’s much better if you take an approach that is positive and outward-looking.

Just because you’re preparing for bad things to happen, that doesn’t mean you will. It’s all about getting that balance right between not cutting corners and not expecting everything to go wrong for you. Neither position is good. What matters most is being prepared and equipped for all potentialities.

Warehouse Watch: How To Keep Your Employees And Inventory Safe

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In the business world, there are two different types of businesspersons. In the first category, there are visionaries. These are the people who have six great ideas before breakfast and the determination to make them happen.

The second type is the detail-oriented entrepreneur. They may not be the greatest innovator – but when they have an idea, they are all over making it come true.

Not a lot of credit is given to the second group. While they may not be innovators, they are the ones who make sure great ideas can become a reality. All the ideas in the world won’t keep a business going if the books are a mess and the premises in chaos.

This is particularly important if you’re in the business of selling products. If you sell physical items, then you need to be on top of your inventory at all times. You’ll need a warehouse, most likely. And that warehouse will require careful maintenance.

Know Who Is In The Warehouse At All Times

Any warehouse for a thriving business will, at any given time, contain a lot of items with a total cash value of thousands, even millions of dollars. This raises the possibility of theft. From a cursory glance, it’d be hard to tell if anything was missing. So there needs to be one entrance and exit. There must be nominated key holders and security personnel manning the warehouse during opening hours.

This isn’t just important for reasons of property protection; it also matters from a safety standpoint. In any store, there is the risk of accidents and fire. Knowing who is in there is essential in case of emergencies.

Ensure The Correct Training For All Personnel

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Anyone who will spend time in the warehouse also needs to be correctly trained. Large items may need to be moved around. As well as ensuring that your forklift hire comes from a reliable partner, you need to make sure the people who will be using the forklift are trained. Incorrect use of forklift machinery can lead to serious, even fatal accidents. On a lower scale of importance, it can result in the loss of high-value items.

Keep The Warehouse Clean And Tidy

If you are someone who orders a lot of items from outside suppliers, you’ll know which providers keep clean, orderly premises. You’ll rarely order again from a company that delivers dirty or damaged items. In the same vein, your warehouse needs to be kept clean.

A “no food” rule may need to be enforced. The reason for this is that food waste attracts pests and, in a building of that size, there are plenty of places for them to hide. Damage done to your products can lose you money. It’s essential that you do everything in your power to prevent that.

Keeping on top of the necessary details in your business may seem like the least exciting part of being an entrepreneur. In many ways, the fact that it isn’t exciting is what makes it more valuable. So if you’re not the kind of person who can focus a great deal on behind-the-scenes details, make sure you have a second in command who can.