Manufacturing is an important facet to the American economy.
As thousands of companies fabricate pieces and products for suppliers and distributors, it’s important to recognize the safety risks involved. Manufacturing is a dangerous profession for anyone. Supervisors and plant managers must know the proper ways to improve safety in manufacturing to reduce incidents, accidents, and injuries. Here are some techniques to consider implementing.
Communicate with your team
Open communication is essential for manufacturers. Two-way communication reduces incidents and accidents in addition to creating an openness on the work floor. Daily, weekly, monthly, and annual meetings are great ways to increase communication across teams and workers. In these meetings, discuss safety protocols, production quotas, injury prevention, and equipment accountability. These forums should also encourage questions and educational opportunities for all employees.
Understand OSHA requirements
It’s also important to understand all OSHA requirements for your company. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration oversees all safety and compliance issues across many industries.
In manufacturing, this includes machine guarding, falls and slippage, improper equipment operation, and more. All supervisors must adhere to OSHA inspections and make the necessary changes to their company to avoid accidents, workplace injuries, and fines.
Organize the workspace
With that, an easy way to reduce OSHA violations is to organize the workspace.
Label all tools, equipment, and machinery and keep them in their respective locations. Also, toss all trash and recyclables in their respective containers. Simple cleanup is a great way to improve safety in manufacturing without extra cost or labor.
Perform regular maintenance
Not to mention, preventative maintenance ensures all equipment and machinery performs accordingly. Preventative maintenance, also called regular maintenance, holds employees accountable for all operations.
Since manufacturing relies on 24-hour performance, machines see gradual wear and tear without regular maintenance measures. Make sure to inspect and repair all machines on a weekly basis to ensure their efficiency at the plant.