Safety is essential in an industrial workplace. And one of the best ways to maintain it is through consistent “housekeeping” of all work areas. By making safety housekeeping part of your standard processes and culture, you can keep your employees safe from injury, plus improve productivity and morale. By following these five safety tips, you’ll help ensure your workplace is a safe place for all light industrial staff.
- Prevent slips and falls. Injuries related to slips and falls are one of the top hazards in industrial workplaces. But you can take steps to prevent this. Keep floors, passageways and doorways free of clutter, and clean and dry. Flooring should be made of a sturdy material, such as cement or ceramic tile, with non-skid mats as needed. Spills should be reported and cleaned up as soon as possible with the right cleaning products to do the job. Worn and ripped flooring should be replaced to prevent tripping.
- Keep dust under control. Certain jobs can generate dust particles that are harmful to breathe in. If dust piles up too thick it can also present a fire hazard. Vacuuming, sweeping and washing down are all acceptable methods of dust control. Floors, walls, ceilings and equipment should all be cleaned of dust on a regular basis.
- Clear away clutter. Cluttered areas can lead to safety concerns for employees, such as trips and falls, fire hazards and the danger of falling objects. Clutter can also cause ergonomic injuries as employees attempt to reach around other objects. All tools, equipment and materials should be stored and organized when not in use. Trash should be cleared away and removed from work stations on a regular basis.
- Use protective equipment. Helmets, goggles, ventilation masks, gloves, vests and other safety equipment should be worn when operating tools and machinery, or when handling potentially hazardous substances. All employees should be trained on how to use safety equipment. Plus, all protective gear should be inspected before each use and replaced when worn out.
- Post and practice safety rules. Beyond safety inservices and training, it’s a good idea to post safety steps in areas where it makes sense. For example, post safety information for a particular tool near where that tool is stored.
It’s always a good idea to make safety training part of your onboarding process for all new employees. Then, to follow up, you can offer services to remind your staff of why safety is important, and what you expect.
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