Creating a safe manufacturing environment is a simple way to improve your employee’s morale and productivity. It’s easy to forget best practices as you focus on the day to day operations of your manufacturing facility. But spending some extra time and effort towards safety training can go a long way in preventing injuries and unnecessary lawsuits.
In this post, we’ve put together some easy-to-follow tips you can implement today to make your manufacturing workplace a better place for everyone, from your employees to your visitors.
Make sure workers have access to the right training
The first step to creating a safer manufacturing workplace is to ensure that your workers have access to safety training materials. Create a training program that uses language that your workers can easily understand. If possible, use simulation-based training to create a more immersive learning environment.
Use proper training equipment
Besides creating an effective training program, it’s also a good idea to take a regular inventory of your manufacturing equipment to ensure that your workers aren’t exposed to any dangerous hazards while doing maintenance work. You can do this by using signs to reinforce injury prevention and proper lockout tag out guarding.
Review company procedures around emergency response exits clear
In the event of an accident, you want to make sure that your workers know what to do. That’s why it’s vital to keep all your emergency response procedures up to date. For example, as a part of your daily routine, you can make it a priority to look for clutter that could block emergency exits and equipment shutoffs. By placing equipment in the right place after use, your workers will have a better chance of escaping if an emergency occurs.
Encourage workers to take breaks
During long manufacturing shifts, sometimes the easiest way to prevent accidents from happening is to remind your workers to take a break. Studies have shown that accident and injury rates are 18% greater during evening shifts and 30% greater during night shifts when compared to day shifts. Research also indicates that working 12 hours per day is associated with a 37% increased risk of injury. By simply reducing the length of work shifts, you can significantly lower the number of accidents in your factory floors.
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