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Employee Safety in Manufacturing Facilities

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. 

Manufacturing Facility 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. 

OSHA Training

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.

Bloodborne Pathogens – the dangers and what to do

Bloodborne Pathogens

Bloodborne pathogens are types of infectious microorganisms in human blood that can spread and cause disease to other humans. There are a number of bloodborne pathogens, but some of the most common include human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B, and hepatitis C. The most common way to spread bloodborne pathogens in the United States is by a needlestick, such as sharing needles for recreational drug use or unsanitary tattooing. It is also possible to accidentally prick yourself with a used needle, for example, while taking out the trash or picking up litter.

First responders, cleaning crews, and others whose professions regularly expose them to needles are inherently at a higher risk of contracting bloodborne pathogens. Healthcare personnel are also at an increased risk of exposure. If you are pricked by a needle or otherwise “mix” your blood with another’s, the first thing to do is immediately flush the area with water. Clean the area with soap and warm water, followed by a skin disinfectant. Next, immediately seek medical attention. If this occurs at work or while performing a job-related duty, you should also report the incident to your supervisor soon after you are treated by a professional.

Minimize Exposure

The best way to minimize your exposure is to either eliminate or reduce any hazards of bloodborne pathogens. Having strict employee protection measures in place should be a top concern for any employer, but particularly those who are already working in high-risk fields. Such a plan should include having nitrile gloves, personal protective clothing and equipment (PPE) on-site, fluid control solidifier, or a bodily fluid disposal kit. Other things to do are ongoing employee training, best practices, medical surveillance, and in some cases requiring certain vaccinations (such as hepatitis B) for at-risk employees. 

Understanding the common symptoms of bloodborne pathogens is also important but bear in mind that these symptoms can vary person to person. However, some common symptoms include jaundice of the skin and eyes, nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, severe fatigue, loss of appetite, and dark urine. Only a medical professional can diagnose bloodborne pathogens.

Safety Measures

One of the most important parts of a safety plan that minimizes the spread of bloodborne pathogens is having a strategy to safely collect and dispose of used needles while ensuring a new needle is used for every patient or client. This strategy should be clearly delineated in the safe work best practices manual and revisited on a regular basis. Having the right equipment, including PPE gear and toxic product bins, can do a lot to keep your employees, clients, and patients safe.

It does not take much for bloodborne pathogens to spread, and even a small stick from a used needle can spread these dangerous microorganisms. As an employer (or a self-employed person) it is your responsibility to put safety first. Fortunately, there are tools and materials readily available to help you achieve this. Contact Shield-Safety today or shop online to ensure you have everything you need to create and keep a safe and secure workplace.

Complying with OSHA Regulations: Make Safety a Priority

OSHA regulations are strict for a reason — they’re supposed to make you, your employees, and your entire workplace safer. From small businesses to large corporations, everyone involved benefits when federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations are followed to the letter.

OSHA regulations

If you’re overwhelmed at the prospect of an inspection, don’t be. You can take easy steps today to reduce risk, control hazards, and ensure continued compliance with all OSHA standards.

Resolve to undertake the four actions listed below, and you’ll never have to worry about being in compliance with OSHA regulations.

1. Conduct a Worksite Analysis

A complete site analysis is the first step in assessing the safety of your workplace. It may help to request a free consultation visit with OSHA at this stage to walk through all of the workplace procedures. You should also do a walk-through of each employee’s tasks with him or her, keeping watch for any procedures that don’t line up with OSHA regulations.

Review the past few years of accident reports and injuries and see if any patterns are developing.

If a worksite analysis turns up evidence of noncompliance, you must correct it right away. Make repairs or alter procedures, then document your changes.

2. Maintain Equipment

Another key way to stay in compliance with OSHA regulations is by thoroughly maintaining all of your equipment. Regularly inspect the equipment, and have a check system in place for operators to alert management when machinery is not operating correctly.

3. Schedule Employee Training

One of the most important areas of OSHA compliance is employee safety training. OSHA regulations are meant to ensure that every employee works in a safe environment, and in many cases, the employees themselves dictate the level of safety.

It is the owner’s responsibility to ensure employees are adequately trained for their jobs and aware of all risks and hazards.

Besides training for the job itself, employees need to be trained on how to properly utilize protective equipment. They should also be trained on how to respond to workplace injuries and emergencies.

4. Encourage Open Communication

Lastly, one of the steps you must take to ensure the safety of everyone in your company is by encouraging an open, communicative environment. Safety hazards aren’t a low priority. They should be identified and corrected right away.

If you work at creating a workplace environment where employees feel comfortable sharing their thoughts on any risks and hazards they face, you are much more likely to stay in compliance, because you can correct issues immediately.

Shield-Safety is your top resource for complying with OSHA regulations, from providing employee training to writing safety procedures for your company. Call today for more information.