If you are like other manufacturers, your company values employee safety. You follow OSHA regulations and best practices for safety in your industry. Actually, your manufacturing company goes further than the legal requirements for employee safety.
You and your safety team look for potential problems so that accidents cannot happen. Following the discovery of a safety issue, the matter has a quick resolution. In fact, your safety committee always monitors your plant, your processes and equipment. The committee also runs training during weekly toolbox talks for safety.
The point of all this activity is the reduction of the likelihood of a work-related accident. Safe plants often keep business insurance costs down.
Is there anything else you should do? Yes!
Tips to Improve Plant Safety
Often, plants make heavy use of protective equipment. Such use can help reduce the chances of workplace injuries. Make sure that you have items for employees, vendors and other visitors. The following are some things to keep on hand that are not costly and provide protection when needed:
- Safety glasses and face shields
- Disposable earplugs
- If steel-toed boots are a need keep a few simple clip-on steel toes on hand.
- While you may have fixed first-aid kits on hand, it is a good idea to have a few portable kits. Keep these stocked and updated at all times. These kits are usually customizable to your plant’s specific needs.
- Flashlights are invaluable in power outages. Get some plug-in flashlights. They are always charged and available when needed.
- Many manufacturing plants have eyewash stations at required locations. But, it is a clever idea to have some backup or portable eyewash kits too. They are especially valuable if transporting an employee for treatment after exposure. These kits allow for ongoing eye flushing during the transport to a medical provider.
- Fire extinguishers are invaluable in the manufacturing sector. They're useful for putting out small fires before they become large ones. Be sure that your fire extinguishers are the right type for your business. Water-based extinguishers are good fighting wood and paper fires, while foam extinguishers put out chemical and electrical fires. Make sure they are in the proper areas and are the right type for the kind of fire likely to occur.
- Biohazard kits are an often-overlooked item for plant safety. The purpose of these kits is to isolate and remove toxic or contagious waste. As with first aid kits, these too are often customizable to your company’s needs.
Keeping these eight safety items on hand round out your plant's safety program and help keep business insurance costs from rising.
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