Guest post by Daley Francis
It is essential for every factory based business that their employees are working in a safe working environment and adhering to the guidelines that the company will have set in place when the business started. These procedures and guidelines are set up so every person who comes to work can commence with their daily tasks every day with the risk of accident or injury kept to minimum levels. Below are five tips that every factory can take on board to create a high level of safety at work:
Ensuring that every member of staff has access to the right equipment in order to fulfil his or hers daily tasks to the best of their abilities is essential, and it’s so important that the appropriate safety wear is available to. Wearing hard hats, gloves and the correct shoes should be mandatory, with wearing them enforced by the management.
Enforcing the safety guidelines of what to wear and the correct ways to go about your daily duties at work is important for your business, and one of the best ways to implement this is to have detailed training sessions that cover equipment, manual handling, fire training – all with refresher training every few months – and keeping a record or log of accidents and/or injuries is very important too. Keeping on top of this will instil safety importance into your workforce.
Another way to ensure that your factory is running smoothly and safely is to put up clear signage in your working environment. These should cover warnings, reminders to wear safety gear and guidelines to completing the day-to-day duties in best and safest manner. It is also very important that if there are spillages or cleaning taking place, there are signs to notify fellow workers.
Industrial flooring is a superb way of safeguarding your factory, as the heavy-duty floors are less likely to be damaged and become a safety hazard where people can trip and cause accidents. Having industrial flooring also means that the business saves money in the long run because there will not be as much need for maintenance and replacements for broken or damaged floors and tiles.
It is very important that any waste that is hazardous to health is disposed of in relation to safety guidelines. This can be anything from regular domestic waste to chemicals and glass. There should be clear procedures and guidelines in place and training held so that employees know how to dispose of each type of waste in the appropriate manner that is safe and will not endanger the, their colleagues or the environment.
Keeping all of the equipment in the factory in tip-top condition will lower the risk of faulty equipment causing accident or injury and maintain the business productivity. It is a very good idea to do safety checks on machinery and equipment and keep a record of when these checks have taken place and by whom. This will reduce the risk of accidents occurring and you will pick up on any problems with the machinery before they escalate.
Daley works with Ecotile Flooring and enjoys writing and reading about health and safety in business and law.