Safety Tips & Requirements for Manufacturing Environments

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Safety Tips and Requirements for Manufacturing Environments

Working in a modern, open plant setting like we have here at Strong Hold benefits our workers in many ways. An open work setting helps workers stay communicative and increases productivity. At the same time, we have to ensure the safety of our workers. In this type of manufacturing setting there is constant activity with welding, pressing, and shaping of the materials. So, to protect our workers in this environment we follow several safety requirements.

Housekeeping for Preventing Manufacturing Accidents

According to Safety and Health Magazine, housekeeping is one of the key ways to prevent accidents from occurring. Take slip and fall accidents, which are one of the most common in manufacturing plants. By taking preventative measures through basic housekeeping our employees can avoid these types of accidents. Here are some housekeeping tips to follow:

  • Clean up any spills and report any leaks.
  • Maintain clear exits and aisles.
  • Use mirrors to help workers view their blind spots.
  • Install anti-slip flooring for areas that are inaccessible for regular cleaning.
  • Replace old and worn out materials including flooring and light fixtures.

The more our manufacturing area is maintained the safer we make it for our workers. OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) backs this up with the Walking-Working Surfaces Standard, which states, "All workplaces should be kept clean and orderly and in a sanitary condition." By keeping up with housekeeping this also ensures Strong Hold is keeping up with OSHA compliance.

Precautionary Measures in the Manufacturing Industry

Another aspect of manufacturing safety involves general precautions. OSHA suggests:

  • Be trained on how to do your job safely. This includes having a working knowledge of the tools and equipment you use.
  • Wear protective equipment that is designed to protect you from falling or flying objects.

One way to ensure these measures are maintained is by providing ongoing workplace safety training. As manufacturing needs change, such as with the installation of new equipment, so do the safety requirements of workers. Additionally, we provide the necessary safety equipment to ensure the wellbeing of our workers.

Safe Use of Machinery

In our open manufacturing setting we have everyone from welders to fabricators to grinders operating machinery. As such, this puts a focus on the safe use of all of our machines. Tips we utilize include:

  • Use lockout/tagout procedures that de-energizes machinery prior to freeing up jams and errors.
  • Use safety guards and machine guarding whenever possible to protect workers from moving parts.
  • Fasten or tighten chutes and hatches to ensure safety from swinging parts.

Our main focus is to protect our machinists from accidents caused by the machines they are using, as well as the machines of others in our open manufacturing setting.

At Strong Hold, we maintain the utmost in safety standards for our workers. In doing so we protect our workforce and ensure our products will be constructed on schedule. If you would like to find out more about ordering industrial cabinets, steel storage solutions, and heavy duty workspaces contact Strong Hold.

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