In no other industry, does the safety and wellbeing of your employees matter more than in manufacturing. Heavy metal objects, extremely hot liquids, very dirty surfaces, and many other things, your employees have to deal with on a daily basis. It’s little wonder that employee morale can fall through the floor when working conditions are not right. As the owner of a manufacturing business, you need to take into consideration what kind of protection you have in place to make sure your employees do not get injured or perhaps worse. It’s easy to get the basics right. On the other hand, you will need a little more knowledge to get the advanced protections right as it usually comes through experience.
Following the color code
Every single manufacturing facility has various sections that have different roles. If you’re making a gearbox, one section will make the block and frame, another will make the gears and another will make the lubrication system. It’s important to keep each section separated for a multitude of reasons. For one, you don’t need parts getting mixed up. You also need to give sections enough room to work without interference or inhibition from the others. And last but not least, you need employees to safely work in a controlled environment where they are familiar with their tools, equipment, and space. Therefore you need to lay down paint lines on the floor of your facility, of different colors according to each section. Give each section a color and then paint lines on the floor that lead employees to that department so no one ever gets lost and knows where their jurisdiction lies.
Manufacturing is quite a hectic environment to be working in. Despite not experiencing any physical discomfort, employees may still be subject to other forms of injury. Namely, hearing damage. In the area where you’re doing testing or perhaps where very loud work is being done, use a sound barrier wall to protect your workers’ ears. This high-tech sound absorption material has multiple layers to drown any sounds which may come from drilling, welding, high-pressure cutting and more. The panels are fitted in a purpose-built steel structure, so they remain standing without needing to latch onto anything. Thus, you don’t need to worry about changing something in your facility to cater for the additional weight. The panels and their structures can be erected anywhere, so you can them inside and outside of your facility.
Make a cleaning team
Manufacturing facilities have lots of different and dangerous liquids that are rushing through the piping. Your tools and equipment might be using oil for lubricant also. At any moment there could be a spillage that presents a potentially dangerous situation. Create a clean-up team that you can call at any moment to safely extract the liquid from a surface and clean the area so no one slips and hurts themselves.
Manufacturing is inherently a dangerous sector, but once you get the hang of certain precautionary measures, your facility will become a well-oiled machine.