No matter what product you are creating, ensuring your manufacturing plant is safe should be your number one priority. Not only does a safe plant ensure your workers’ well-being, but it also saves you money and can lead to an increase in productivity. Accidents can lead to high insurance premiums, reduced production, a loss of trained workers, and more. Keep reading to find out how to ensure safety at your plant.
1. Involve All Employees in Safety Practices
A lot of manufacturing plans hire a safety manager to ensure the safety of employees. And while this is a good step to take, you also need to ensure each employee is responsible for their own safety. Embrace a safety culture at your plant and make it clear what is expected of everyone who works for you. The best way to improve safety is by leading from the front. Don’t encourage shortcuts for increased production, and ensure that all supervisors are aware of the safety protocols they should be following.
2. Ensure Your Employees are Properly Trained
Its common knowledge that employees need the appropriate training in order to work in a manufacturing plant, but in plants with a high turnover of staff, this often falls by the wayside. This is dangerous and can lead to deadly situations if not dealt with. If you introduce a new form of technology into your plant or new staff, everyone needs to be trained on how to use the equipment correctly. Some companies, like CV Technology, will even train your employees when they provide the equipment. The company mentioned above can also arrange continual training if required. This is definitely something to consider.
3. Continuously Evaluate Your Plant
Technology changes rapidly, and this means that the processes your plant uses likely change just as fast. Even a minor change in machinery can leave you with a safety issue. To prevent problems from occurring, it’s important to continuously evaluate your plant for safety concerns and act on any that are reported quickly. On top of this, it’s a good idea to also evaluate your employees. If you come across someone who is not working safely, you need to find out why. Maybe they require more training, or maybe they are being lazy. Either way, with the knowledge at hand, you can rectify the situation to ensure procedures are being followed.
4. Ask for Feedback
Part of ensuring your plant is safe is ensuring your employees are comfortable in their positions. The staff using your equipment are the ones who are aware of the safety hazards. They may be able to give you some feedback that you had never considered, but that could lead to a great improvement. Your staff will also know when a piece of equipment requires maintenance or replacement. Ensure the lines of communication are kept open, so they feel okay in talking to you about any problems they have.
One mistake really can shut down a whole plant, so ensuring that all of your equipment and processes are safe is vital.
Guest Article by Emily Roberts