How To Protect Yourself in A Manufacturing Job
Because they tend to be filled with heavy machinery and dangerous chemicals, manufacturing facilities can be rather dangerous places.
It’s very important for anyone working in a manufacturing facility to protect themselves. Below are a few safety hazards that can be found in typical manufacturing, and how to protect yourself against each one.
Machinery and Moving Vehicles
Carelessness when working near heavy machinery or moving vehicles can increase the changes of severe injury and even death. All heavy equipment and vehicles ought to be well-guarded to minimize risk exposure. Those operating this equipment must avoid reckless complacency. They ought to continuously be on the lookout for staff members inadvertently coming too close to the machinery they are operating.
Staff members in production areas must practice safe walking habits and remain alert at all times. When nearing a moving vehicle, it is a good idea to maintain eye contact with the driver, avoid the vehicle’s expected movements and alert the operator to any dangers in the working environment.
Hazardous chemicals might be used or kept anywhere in a manufacturing facility. To minimize chance of exposure, all hazardous substances in a manufacturing facility ought to be clearly labeled. Safety communication materials ought to be posted clearly and employees should be trained on procedures for using these chemical and what to do a chemical emergency. Staff members should also be trained on the indicators of chemical exposure.
A confined space is considered any space in which there is a substantial risk of suffocation. Because suffocation can occur suddenly, avoidance is the best defense.
Keep in mind all of the confined spaces in your facility. When doing work in one, use the buddy system. Have a co-worker nearby and in a position to offer immediate help if need be. Your facility ought to be equipped with rescue equipment specifically designed for confined-space emergencies, such as a facemasks or harnesses.
Slips, Trips and Falls
Statistics regularly show that slips, trips and falls are the most common type of injury in any workplace. In a manufacturing facility, they can be particularly dangerous.
You should access to helmets, harnesses and other equipment necessary to work safely from heights. Guardrails and non-slip mats are also essential pieces of fall prevention equipment.
Engines, welding equipment, electrical wires and flammable chemicals all pose a substantial fire risk. To minimize this risk, fire extinguishers ought to be accessible and highly visible. They also ought to also be inspected regularly. Smoke detectors and emergency phones should be located throughout your facility.
One of the most hazardous things in the workplace can be the presence of individuals who shouldn’t be. Work areas ought to be restricted to those with the proper training. Be sure that access to dangerous areas is limited and clear warnings are posted to keep visitors and other non-trained people outside of hazardous production areas.
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