When it comes to plant safety, there is nothing scarier than an industrial accident. If you have ever had a “close call”, know someone that had an accident, or even just read about one, it stops you in your tracks and makes you think. In this edition of the Service Advisor, we focus on safety and offer some tips for improving safety awareness in your plant.
Safety Awareness and Accident Prevention
Thinking about ways to improve safety in your facility is a great first step, but taking action is imperative for accident prevention. Below are some easy to implement ideas to help keep your personnel safe.
Put safety first. Chapter 1 in every Key Technology Technical Manual is “Safety Awareness”. Every person that works near or on a piece of Key Technology equipment should read that chapter to understand all the safety features, labels, and warning lights for that piece of equipment.
Hold a weekly or monthly safety meeting. Some suggested topics:
- Review a piece of equipment and highlight the safety features, labels and warning lights.
- Talk about a “close call”. Have employees describe an incident that they witnessed or were involved in and the steps taken to prevent future incidents.
- Share a news article about an incident and discuss how you can prevent a similar incident at your plant.
- Review safety guidelines and good manufacturing practices at least once a year.
- Include office workers and discuss office safety in your safety meetings.
Subscribe to Online Training. Online training is a great way to ensure employees receive regular training. It is flexible and can include testing to ensure knowledge retention as well as reporting for employee and plant records.
Emphasize vigilance in areas where motor vehicles are in operation. Forklifts, cars, trucks and other motorized vehicles require extra awareness from not only the driver, but also other people nearby. As the saying goes, “keep your head on a swivel” because hearing protection required in the plant may prevent someone from hearing a moving vehicle.
Confirm that all personnel have the specialized training and personal protective equipment required for their jobs. Some positions may require additional equipment or training in areas such as electrical safety, chemical usage, fall protections, ergonomics, driving, etc.
Offer first aid classes.
Promote a “If you see something, say something” work environment.
Ensure a safe Holiday Season. Holidays bring people together, but festivities can also increase safety risks. Make sure employees know the policies for decorating and if you are having potlucks, review food safety tips to prevent food related illness.
Have you ever witnessed a workplace accident that could have been prevented? What are some other best practices you follow to ensure safety? We’d love to hear your stories and tips! Submit your stories and safety advice to us and we may feature them in a future edition of the Service Advisor.