9 Safety Items Your Manufacturing Business Should Have
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Posted by Michael S. on June 19, 2017 in Manufacturer Focus

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.

 

  • Spare safety glasses or face shields are a must.
  • Disposable earplugs or washable earmuffs.
  • If you require safety toe shoes, have a few pairs of over-the-shoe covers or simple clip-on steel toes available.
  • In addition to fixed first-aid kits, have a few portable kits available. Make sure they are stocked and updated as needed.
  • Flashlights are handy in power outages. You can buy plug-in flashlights that are constantly charged and ready if needed.
  • If applicable, you have eyewash stations placed at the required locations and intervals. However, it doesn’t hurt to have some portable or backup eyewash products as well. This can come in handy if you have to transport an employee to the hospital and need to continue the flushing process.
  • Other items you should have spares of are spill clean-up kits and biohazard disposal bags.
  • Make sure you have a few spare sharps containers in case your normal hazards pick up and disposal is behind schedule. The spares can be set out allowing your employees to dispose of sharps correctly and not through your regular trash.

 

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.

Michael S. is our Manufacturing guru
I have over 30 years experience in a broad range of manufacturing areas. Starting with an apprenticeship in Germany I’ve worked my way through a verity of positions within the manufacturing field. I got my start as a Tool and Die maker. I next became a supervisor of a class A tool room, then manager of a machining department. I was exposed to lean manufacturing in the mid 90s and adapted the lean philosophy. Loving and teaching the lean approach, I moved on to become a Continuous Improvement manager which led to a job as a manufacturing manager. I joined Acuity in 2015 as their manufacturing expert. I hope to evolve how manufacturers deal with, and think about insurance companies, as well as be a resource to my fellow employees – enabling them to better understand the unique needs of manufacturers.


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