The manufacturing industry is an inherently dangerous one, but there are things you can do to mitigate risk and optimize safety. From metal cutting to heavy lifting, soldering, raw material assembling, and welding, there are countless opportunities for workers to get hurt on the job. On average, workplace hazards cause 150 deaths every day in the United States, and this also includes fewer overt causes of death such as radiation and compressed gases. Shield-Safety supplies the manufacturing industry with must-have tools to drastically reduce the risk of injury while optimizing employee safety.
Your worker’s well-being is top priority, but bear in mind that injuries can also cause losses to machinery as well as the environment (depending on your exact industry). Knowing what all of your possible hazards are and taking action to reduce them is an absolute must. The truth is that the majority of accidents are preventable. They occur because of subpar training or lack of safety equipment. At Shield-Safety, we’ll work with you to make your workplace as safe as possible.
Employee Risk Management Training
It’s completely possible to achieve total workplace safety in manufacturing. Risk assessment should be ongoing because it helps you pinpoint equipment maintenance and repair needs. A plant assessor can help by creating a risk assessment plan, which also evaluates the hazard level. This expert can review the condition of various equipment with you and recommend measures to control it.
The Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) is a great tool to predict the likelihood of production and safety issues specific to the manufacturing field. This particular assessment considers things like the occurrence of an issue, severity, and how easy it is to detect. No matter which approach you take, every manufacturing facility needs to have a full risk assessment completed on a regular basis.
You already know that manufacturing facilities are often unorganized. However, clutter leads to accidents. Simple “housekeeping” is a must for reducing risk of injury. Slip and falls remain the leading cause of workers’ comp claims overall, and it’s also prevalent in manufacturing plants due to wet, greasy floors, cylinder hoses in walkways, and other common concerns.
Lack of safety gear (or workers not wearing it correctly) is also a primary cause for accidents. OSHA provides a number of regulations for manufacturing workers, such as dictating that metal workers have to wear certain PPE. Something as seemingly simple as wearing a hard hat when working with heavy sheet metal moving overhead can save lives and seriously reduces risk of injury. Every manufacturing facility is different and has different risks, which will require customized PPE gear and other safety tools.
Shield-Safety is dedicated to helping manufacturing facilities like yours optimize safety in the workplace. Alongside training and routine assessments, making sure you have the right PPE and other gear is one of the best ways to create a safe site for you and all your workers.