10 Daily Workplace Safety Tips in Manufacturing

10 Daily Workplace Safety Tips in Manufacturing

No one wants to get hurt, but sometimes we neglect best safety practices because it takes extra time and effort, a little extra time is always worth it to avoid an injury.

Checking workplace safety throughout the day is an easy way to keep your working environment safe. If you are a supervisor, it shows your employees that you care about them and their well-being. Being safety oriented can help improve your employees’ morale, productivity, and even make a good impression on visitors.

If you are an employee, following safety protocols are in your and your coworkers’ best interests. We’ve got 10 good tips for keeping you and other people safe at work below. Give them a quick review and we hope they help to keep you safe and healthy.

10 Easy Ways to Improve Safety in a Manufacturing Work Environment

Here are 10 quick and easy tips for a safer manufacturing workplace.

1. Inform Supervisors of Unsafe Conditions

If you see something that could potentially hurt someone, remove the object or clean the area if you can do so safely. Otherwise, inform your supervisor. Since your supervisor is legally obligated to keep you and your fellow employees’ working environment safe, they must take action.

See our Job Hazard Analysis training course for more related information.

2. Use Equipment, Machines, and Tools Properly

Misusing tools and machines is the most prevalent cause of workplace injuries. When using equipment, make sure that you are using each piece of equipment for its intended purpose and are using it correctly. Furthermore, regularly clean and inspect equipment to ensure that it is safe.

3. Wear Safety Equipment (PPE)

When cleaning up messes and using equipment, make sure you wear the proper safety equipment. Making sure you wear the proper safety equipment and checking that your safety equipment is undamaged significantly lowers your likelihood of getting injured.

4. PreventВ Slips and Trips

As the second most prevalent cause of nonfatal occupational injuries, it is vital to ensure that aisles are clear and spills are cleaned to prevent employees from tripping or slipping. If you are dealing with a liquid, use drip pans and guards. Clean up any spills immediately to keep conditions safe. Also, check your workplace to make sure there are no holes, loose boards, or nails projecting from the floor. If any of these characteristics exist, replace the damaged flooring. In areas that cannot easily be cleaned, consider installing anti-slip flooring.

See our Slips, Trips, and Falls training course for more related information.

5. Keep Work Areas and Emergency Exits Clear

Make sure to remove any clutter blocking emergency exits, equipment shutoffs, and areas that you are working. A cluttered work area can lead to not having enough space to use tools and pick up heavy objects properly. Furthermore, if an exit is obstructed, you may not be able to quickly escape if an emergency occurs. Placing equipment in proper storage areas after use will help keep the work area and emergency exits clear.

6. Eliminate Fire Hazards

If you are using combustible materials in the work environment, only keep the amount you need for the task at hand. When you are not using the flammable material, store the chemical in an assigned safe storage area away from sources of ignition. Also, store combustible waste in metal receptacles and dispose of it daily.

5 percent or more of a room’s surface being covered at 0.8 millimeters of dust—about the width of a dime—can cause an explosion if the dust catches on fire. To prevent dust accumulation, use industrial vacuums to frequently clean areas where dust gathers.

7. Avoid Tracking Hazardous Materials

To ensure that hazardous materials are not accidentally tracked into other areas, make sure that work area mats are maintained and kept clean. Prevent cross-contamination by using different cleaning materials—such as mops—for various spills, and change clothes if you spill toxic materials on them. Also, if you work with toxic materials, do not wear your work clothes home.

See our Industrial Hygiene training course for more related information.

8. Prevent Objects from Falling

To keep objects from falling, use protections such as nets, toe boards, and toe rails. In addition, stack boxes straight up and down, and place heavy objects on lower shelves. Furthermore, keep stacked objects out of the way of aisles and work areas.

9. Use Correct Posture when Lifting

To avoid injuring your back when you are trying to pick up an item, keep your back straight, use your legs to lift, and pick up the item without stooping or twisting. Whenever possible, use mechanical aids such as a conveyor belt, wheelbarrow, or forklift.

10. Take Work Breaks From Time to Time

Many work-related injuries occur when a worker is tired and cannot adequately observe dangers in their surroundings. By taking regular breaks, you are able to stay more alert when working.

See our Heat Stress Prevention training course for more related information.

Conclusion: Daily Safety Tips in a Manufacturing & Industrial Setting

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It is everyone’s job to keep the workplace safe. Make sure to follow these ten tips to keep your workplace safe for yourself and your coworkers. Remember, safety starts with you.

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I USE YOUR TIPS ON A WEEKLY BASE, IT HELPS ME A LOT WITH MY TOOLBOX TALKS.
THANK YOU

Glad to hear it, Sadie.

We work on a new building site with various contractors, the nearest toilet that we are aloud to use yet the building we work in have toilets inside but not aloud to use them, does or company have to supply a porta loo or do we have to walk 7 minutes to use the ones on site

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I’m not sure what the requirement is there, Stephen, and/or if 7 minutes walk is “too long.” Best best is to contact your local OSHA office and ask them. Good luck.

I provide the above-mentioned information to the employees during my safety at program with the help of audio videos presentations. I will like to have work place safety videos,from where can I get them. Please suggest.

Aziz, we sell/license safety & other courses. Check the list of online safety & health courses we provide here: https://www.convergencetraining.com/health-and-safety-training-videos.aspx

Hi, This is Aslam, Please can you send me some industrial safety Trainings for induction of new employees

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Assess the risk

While good cleaning reduces contamination, bad cleaning increases contamination.

Check your workplace for any of the signs that indicate a poor cleaning system:

  • floors are not fully dry and can be accessed
  • spills and contaminants are left unattended
  • a build-up of cleaning product residues (reduces slip resistance)
  • cleaning equipment and cords left across walkways
  • cleaning is ad hoc, unplanned and reactive
  • poor, inappropriate or dirty cleaning equipment used
  • incorrect cleaning products and procedures.

Decide on control measures

There are a range of strategies that have been proven to control the risk of slips, trips and falls, while also leaving floors and other surfaces clean and free from contaminants. The best cleaning requires a combination of important elements, as listed below.

Cleaning methods:

  • leave a clean and dry surface, free from moisture or dry waste – e.g. ‘clean-to-dry’
  • do not leave a build-up of cleaning products
  • maintain the slip resistant properties of the floor/surface (if non-slip flooring)
  • are based on advice from the flooring supplier
  • are tailored to the specific flooring and contaminants – i.e. type and concentration of chemicals etc. For example, the time detergent is on the floor has been shown to have a significant effect on cleanliness. It is also noted that flooring that is slip resistant can be cleaned to be as hygienic as other flooring.

Cleaning schedules:

  • are systematic and well planned
  • have routine daily cleaning conducted during quiet/slow periods
  • include periodic deep/comprehensive cleaning
  • provide a rapid/urgent response to spills
  • include indoor and outdoor areas
  • include customer/visitor areas
  • accommodate for periods of bad weather.

Cleaning equipment/products:

  • suited to the task, environment and the users
  • don’t spread the problem (e.g. paper-towel instead of wet mop for small spill, or ‘spill-kit’ materials for oil leaks, spill stations where resources are kept etc.)
  • includes barriers and signs to keep people off any wet areas if ‘clean-to-dry’ is not possible.

Personnel responsible for cleaning:

  • cleaners are trained, equipped and supervised to do routine cleaning
  • all workers assist in spot cleaning/spills management
  • supervisors are trained and able to oversee work practices
  • workplace visitors and others encouraged to report hazards where appropriate.

Details regarding the correct cleaning system may be provided in a Safe Work Method Statement or other procedural guidance.

Cleaning methods to consider

The cleaning method you use will depend on a number of factors. This is best decided in consultation with the flooring and cleaning equipment suppliers based on the workplace’s requirements. A combination of methods may be used across the workplace. The following table is from a review of cleaning options for health settings, and may be relevant to other similar settings.

Wet mopping,
including with
micro-fibre

  • Effective at removing dirt and microbes
  • Quiet, it minimises disturbance to people at the workplace
  • Chemicals need to be the correct concentrations
  • Tools need to be clean and well maintained
  • Good at removing dirt and contamination
  • Good for cleaning large areas
  • Can be difficult to access tight areas
  • Chemicals need to be the correct concentrations
  • Equipment needs to be well maintained
  • Can be noisier and more disruptive to people at the workplace

Dry micro-
fibre systems

  • No chemicals used, no risk of resistance developing
  • Quick method of cleaning, trained staff can clean an area more quickly than with conventional methods
  • Effectively removes dirt, soil and microbes
  • Microbes remain alive on cleaning materials
  • Cleaning materials need to be transported securely to laundering facilities to avoid contamination
  • Cost of investment in micro-fibre cleaning systems and ongoing cost of laundering kit
  • Staff need to be retrained
  • Disinfectants cannot be used in conjunction with micro-fibre cleaning materials

Cleaning management

Correct and timely floor cleaning is a major part of reducing slips. Cleaning using the wrong methods and/or wrong chemical solutions can make surfaces slippery and can reduce the slip-resistance of some flooring. For example polish can build up and some methods can leave excessive residues. Talk to your cleaning manager or contractor and/or flooring supplier to ensure that the cleaning methods are working well for all areas.

Effective systems also ensure that staff, contractors and others are aware of and follow their roles and responsibilities in slips and trips prevention.

As part of the risk assessment, check that:

  • cleaning methods for all floors and paths are fully specified and recorded or updated
  • cleaning contractors have been instructed on the required methods and standards
  • cleaning is scheduled when there is minimum foot traffic in the area
  • workers have been provided with training in the procedures for dealing with slip, trip and fall hazards
  • accountability for floor quality and housekeeping is clearly specified and known by all staff
  • supervisors have been adequately trained and are able to appropriately supervise work practices
  • a reliable spot-cleaning system is in place and known by all staff.

If any of the above are not in place, add these to your Risk Control Plan for action.

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14 Safety Rules to Better Manufacturing Facility Safety

Factories are often thought of as dangerous places to work. But, that is wrong if the factory has a proper safety program in place. The creation of a safety program for a factory is not much more difficult that creating a safety program for any other type of business.

The success of any safety program relies on the emphasis safety is given within the company. A company culture of safety that originates with the senior management of the company, with the safety culture being promoted all the way down through the ranks of the company, will have a major impact on the safety record of a factory. (WCxKit)

14 Manufacturing Safety Guidelines

The safety guidelines for factories are similar to the safety guidelines in many other industries. Key factory safety guidelines include:

  1. All employees will wear all required safety gear, safety glasses, and safety clothing for their job/position while at their workstation.
  2. All employees working around moving machinery are prohibited from wearing loose clothing or loose jewelry.
  3. All employees working around moving machinery must have long hair tied back where it can not fall forward or be caught in the machinery.
  4. All tools will be in use or will be stored at their proper location at all times, no tools are to be left in any location where they are not being used or being stored.
  5. All equipment, tools and machinery are to be kept clean and in full working condition, with any defects being immediately reported to maintenance.
  6. The instruction manuals for all machinery must be readily available for review.
  7. All equipment and machinery is to be shut down when not in use.
  8. All presses and machinery will require two hand operation to keep fingers and hands away from moving part.
  9. All machinery is to have the manufacturer’s installed safety guards.
  10. No machinery is to be modified by any employee who is not specifically trained in the technical aspects of the machinery.
  11. All work areas are to be kept properly lit when anyone is working.
  12. All work areas are to be kept properly ventilated.
  13. All areas of the factory are be kept clean and organized.
  14. Anyone working in the factory under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be immediately terminated.
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The safety officer for the factory should require every job to have a job hazards analysis with each employee performing that job being trained in recognizing the hazards to which they can be exposed and being trained on how they can safely eliminate or reduce those hazards. Each job should have a safety checklist with the employee being able to obtain a 100% grade on test questions about the requirements of their safety checklist.

Any Identified Hazards Should be Immediately Addressed and Corrected

All employees conducting work that requires specific OSHA training must be required to complete the OSHA training before they can start work in the factory.

The factory safety officer should perform frequent factory inspections to identify any hazards the employees might have missed. Any identified hazards should be immediately addressed and corrected. The safety officer should also hold regular scheduled safety training classes as well as requiring safety classes for all new hires before they can do any work in the factory.

Fire drills and other emergency evacuation drills should be conducted to ensure all employees know how to quickly and safely leave the building. As a part of all emergency drills, the employees need to know whether to shut down their machinery or to leave it running when they evacuate the building. As a part of the fire and emergency evacuation drills, all employees need to know where the fire extinguishers, fire hoses and other emergency equipment is located, and how to use the equipment in an emergency. (WCxKit)

Strong Safety Program Will Significantly Reduce Injuries and Costs

The establishment of a strong safety program within the employer’s factory will result in a significant reduction in the number of workers compensation claims and their resulting cost. If you need any assistance in establishing your factory’s safety program, our website has extensive information about building a safety program.

Author Rebecca Shafer, JD, President of Amaxx Risks Solutions, Inc. is a national expert in the field of workers compensation. She is a writer, speaker, and website publisher. Her expertise is working with employers to reduce workers compensation costs, and her clients include airlines, healthcare, printing/publishing, pharmaceuticals, retail, hospitality, and manufacturing.

Do not use this information without independent verification. All state laws vary. You should consult with your insurance broker or agent about workers comp issues.

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Computer Assembly

Safety Precautions

A few warnings and reminders before you start disassembling your computer tower to keep both your unit and yourself safe

1. Fully shut down and unplug the computer before you make any attempts to disassemble the tower.

2. Take off any metal objects on your arms or fingers such as bracelets, rings or watches. Even if your unit is unplugged, there may still be some remaining electric charge.

3. Make sure your hands are completely d r y to avoid damaging any mechanical parts as well as to avoid electrocution.

4. Work in a cool area to avoid perspiration for the same reason as seen in the previous number.

5. Before touching any part within the tower, put your hands against another metal surface (such as the computer casing) to remove static charge, which may damage sensitive devices.

6. Prepare a place to keep any screws you may remove. A container or piece of paper with labels for each part (casing, motherboard, CD drive, etc) is ideal to avoid confusion between the similar-looking screws.

7. Handle all parts with care . Place each piece you remove carefully down onto a stable surface.

8. If a component does not come out easily, do not forcefully remove it. Instead, check that you are removing it correctly and that no wires or other parts are in the way.

9. Be careful when holding the motherboard , it’s underside actually quite pointy and able to hurt you.

10. Never attempt to remove the power source , a box attached to the side or bottom of the unit to which all cables are connected.

11. When removing any cables, wires or ribbons, make sure to grasp the wire at the base or head to keep it from breaking.

12. Be careful not to drop any small parts (particularly screws) into unreachable areas such as into the computer fan or disk drive.

13. Take note that the three of the most damaging things to a computer are moisture (sweat, drinking water), shock (electric or from being dropped) and dust (any debris from household dust to bits of food).

Have a safe experience in assembling your computer!

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5 Important Construction Site Safety Procedures

Top Safety Measures at Construction Sites

Working on a construction site is one a dangerous occupation. According to recent findings from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction-related fatalities accounted for around 21.4% of all worker fatalities in 2015. With nearly, 6.5 million people working at over 250, 000 construction sites across the US on any given day, it’s easy to see why enforcing preventative construction site safety procedures is critical.

Some of the potential hazards that construction workers face every day include:

  • Falls from heights
  • Scaffold collapse
  • Electrocution and arc blast/flash
  • Trench collapse
  • Repetitive motion injuries
  • Failure to use the required PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)

Every employer is required by law to ensure the safety and health of their workers, regardless of the industry or their occupation. Construction workers are particularly exposed to high-risk environments that pose dangers which need to be addressed. If you’re a construction site manager or project manager, it’s your responsibility to take the right safety measures to safeguard the work site from unnecessary dangers or hazards.

Here are the top construction site safety procedures you should have in place for construction sites:

Do a Thorough Worksite Evaluation

Analyze Your Worksite or Worksites

Regularly analyze your work site to identify any potential hazards and come up with an effective way or plan to eliminate them. Be aware of the main potential hazards in construction sites:

  • Electrocution
  • Falls
  • Caught-between or caught-in
  • Struck-by

If workers are carrying out their work without the proper protective equipment, identify the problem and let them know. If workers are struggling to complete certain tasks safely, prioritize on the specific issue in your training program.

Check Equipment, Tools and Machines

Before any work commences, you should always check construction equipment, tools and machines in the construction site to ensure they’re safe for use. For instance, conducting proper planning and staging before starting the day ensures that employees have the right tools and equipment they need for their work.

Use Clear Signage

It’s important to use clear signage so that all construction site safety procedures are known, including a 24-hour emergency number and clear directions to the site office. Visible signage helps workers remember and understand safety protocols that need to be followed at all times. There should be clear signage for site amenities as well as first aid and emergency fire equipment.

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Ensure proper construction site security. Restricted site access is not just about preventing equipment theft or damage. You should have security measures in place that restrict access to the work site outside of working hours to protect workers or any other person from potential construction hazards. Strict safety and security protocols must always be followed.

Entry and Exit Points

Construction sites must also have separate entry and exit points for vehicle access and heavy machinery to ensure safety at high-traffic areas in the construction site.

Provide Proper Training

Training is a key part of ensuring workplace safety in all industries. Many project managers assume that all workers are aware of the construction site safety procedures of a working site. Failing to provide training to workers, whether working only for a few days or months to come, is one of the contributing factors to rising cases of injuries and fatalities in construction sites.

Develop a Simple but Effective Training Plan

Based on worksite analysis, develop a simple training plan for your workers. It’s advisable to have more than one category. E.g.

  • Safety training on new equipment
  • Safety training for new workers
  • Safety training refresher courses for existing workers
  • Safety training updates for all employees

Your training plan should prioritize on the most common mistakes, safety risks and incidents that you’ve noted in a specific area. The training program should be simple but effective.

Provide Training in an Easy Format

It’s one thing to offer training and another to offer it in an easy-to-understand format. Workers will be more engaged if they can understand the training you’re offering. Whether you’re offering training to address certain violations or on construction site safety procedures for a new construction project, you should deliver training in an accessible and flexible model.

You can use a learning management system to deliver short and precise courses that can be accessed online on any device so that workers can access them anywhere and at any time.

Tailor Your Training for Your Workers

It’s common to find construction workers speaking multiple languages in construction sites across the United States. Even though all your workers may speak some English, you should tailor your training program to fit all your workers. That’s why adopting a learning management system that you can develop and modify courses to fit your workers’ needs is recommended.

For one, you can create training courses in different languages, or you can have specific courses for specific workers like those using heavy machinery or working at height.

Train Workers on First Aid

In the construction industry, you’re required to have at least one qualified first aid officer per 25 workers. On top of that, it’s best to train your workers on basic first aid in case of an emergency. First aid kits and equipment must also be provided and placed in easily accessible areas in the construction site.

Supply Workers with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

As part of construction site safety procedures, all construction workers should be provided with the proper personal protective equipment and clothing. If you’re a worker and don’t have the right protective clothing or gear, you have the right to demand them from the people in charge or your employer. Here are some of the PPE requirements for construction sites.

Minimum PPE requirements for Construction Sites

  • A helmet has to be supplied and worn at all times at the construction site
  • Safety glasses must be provided to protect workers against debris in the air
  • Safety/high-visibility vests must be provided and worn to keep workers visible
  • Protective gloves should be supplied and worn to protect against cuts
  • Proper clothing is a must for worker protection both indoors and outdoors
  • Anti-slip footwear is also necessary

Additional PPE Requirements

  • Hearing protection must be worn near any tool, machine or equipment that produces loud noises
  • Respiratory protection is needed to protect against dust and other air contaminants
  • Face shields are a must for welding operations and other debris/spark producing operations
  • Safety harnesses must be used as a safety procedure to prevent falls

Quality, well-fitting and comfortable personal protective equipment and gear must be provided to construction workers. The gear and equipment should be stored properly after use and be inspected and maintained on a regular basis.

Promote and Enforce Good Practices

In every working environment, promoting and enforcing good practices and construction site safety procedures plays a huge role in ensuring safety for everyone. Ensure that the top management, site supervisors, and even workers are enforcing rules, observing working protocols and encouraging positive behavior.

Empower Workers to be Part of the Safety Program

You should also encourage your workers to be part of the construction site safety program. They can contribute by offering ideas on improving their own safety. Encourage workers to report safety concerns and risks to supervisors and project managers. The management is expected to take immediate action on any reported hazards. Most incidents can be easily avoided if someone speaks up, so remind workers to be open when they see something.

Don’t Become Complacent

Construction sites present new safety challenges every other day. You must be vigilant in maintaining safety at all times. For instance, good site housekeeping practices like cleaning up working areas after a day’s work can help avoid trips and falls that could cause injuries. If there is a damaged or broken fence, have it fixed to protect workers.

Let your workers know the right time to work and when to stop working due to environmental conditions. Extreme weather conditions can easily cause safety hazards in construction sites. You should have in place clear construction site safety procedures for workers to follow in the event of an emergency.

Minimize and Manage Risk

Due to the nature of working at construction sites, it’s hard to eliminate all safety risks. While enforcing good practices in construction sites may help prevent safety issues, it’s always best to minimize and manage risks in construction sites. This can be done by regularly conducting safety audits and having in place protocols to report, evaluate and address potential hazards.

Ensure Proper Material Handling and Storage

All personnel working at a construction site should be aware of the proper material handling and storage procedures. For manual material handling, the expected lifting techniques should be made clear to avoid injuries. For handling of mechanical materials, operators need to be aware of the weight lifting capacity of equipment like cranes and forklifts to avoid potential accidents.

All construction materials and equipment should be stored properly when not in use to prevent materials damage, accidents or injuries. Ensure safe loading limits for materials stored inside a building. All passageways should be kept clear for workers.

Conclusion

Ensuring safety for all workers in a construction site takes more than just implementing a safety program or enforcing rules. There has to be a dedicated effort by supervisors, project managers and workers to ensure construction site safety procedures are followed every day, risks identified and incidents reported to help prevent further accidents or injuries. Teamwork is key in ensuring safety.

At Moldex-Metric, we specialize in protective gear like earplugs, respirators, and eyewear that meets the strictest standard set by OSHA. In addition to instituting a safety program for your workers, you should also buy the best PPE gear like earplugs and reusable respirators to provide your employees with the protection they deserve.

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