During my time in manufacturing, I managed a variety of operations and departments. In each of my positions, I did what I could to ensure employees returned home after work in the same physical condition as they arrived.
As a manufacturer, you value your employees and want to provide a safe work environment for them. You follow OSHA and industry regulations, and you may even go above best practices or what is required by law.
You and your team try to seek out hazards and potential problems to guard against accidents. You provide required personal protective equipment (PPE) and ongoing safety training. You address issues that come up quickly and diligently.
You might even go a step further and have a safety committee that monitors the facility, processes, and machinery and also provides training to your staff. You post safety matrixes within your plant and hold weekly safety toolbox talks. Your goal is to eliminate or reduce the likelihood of an accident.
So what else should you do?
You should have a few spare safety items on hand. Many are simple things you can hand to employees or vendors if their PPE is damaged, misplaced, or insufficient.
Here are few items that are relatively inexpensive, but will provide protection when needed.
Keeping these items on hand will help ensure you won’t have a crisis if you are short or out of items. Most of these items are relatively inexpensive, don’t take much room, and have an indefinite or very long shelf life.
As they say, a little preparation and planning will go a long way.