The safety of any facility depends on catching all kinds of workplace safety hazards. Some dangers will be rather obvious and easy to tackle, but others are less apparent and lingering in the background for quite some time.
Standard workplace hazards include slipping and falling; chemical exposure, getting hit by falling objects, electrocution, repetitive motion and vehicle accidents. Less obvious, lingering risks include carbon monoxide leak or sleep-deprivation.
Some hazards may pose little more than a risk to operations, others may pose a threat to employee welfare, and still, others have the potential to cause massive injury and devastation. What all hazards have in common is that they can be mitigated by thorough planning.
Below is a short list of lingering job hazards that your company should address right away, if it isn’t already.
Bad lighting is among the most standard overlooked workplace hazards. Poor lighting can be due to high ceilings, which makes it difficult to get the proper amount of light into certain areas. Furthermore, machines and other objects can obstruct light, causing ‘dark spots’ where it can be challenging to see hazards such as wet floors.
Installing more lighting can help people properly see the area around them. Having good lighting all around the facility will help prevent tripping or walking into dangerous situations.
It’s common knowledge that manufacturing facilities and similar workplaces can get very hot. However, large servers can also throw off a lot of heat. Some equipment can increase the temperature of an area quickly after being started, and when it is hot outside, a space can become dangerously hot in a hurry.
High temperatures can cause unexpected complications. As the temperature increases, people can become fatigued, dehydrated or experience heat stroke, which can be very significant. High temperatures can also add more stress on a body that already has to deal with the pressures of doing a good job.
Typically, large machinery is housed in large enclosed spaces, which can be very challenging to keep at a comfortable temperature. For this reason, planning out air management and heat exhaust must be included in any safety planning.
Many employers ask or even require their staff members to work overtime. While this is a useful approach to meet business demands without adding employees, it can lead to a great deal of safety issues.
Research has indicated that when workers are exhausted, they are much more prone to make an error that can lead to an accident or injury.
Some overtime is perfectly safe, but it’s good to have steps in place to mitigate worker burnout. Letting workers get out of overtime when they are exhausted is one option. Another is to contact a staffing provider.
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