A workplace accident, even if it doesn’t have a fatal outcome, can severely alter the course of an individual’s wellbeing. A split second of lost focus can lead to a permanent injury, and consequently, a reduced quality of life. On the bright side, a lot of these accidents can be prevented if the employers take the measures necessary to secure their workers. Starting with the following 8 security measures, you’ll be making a good step in the right direction by implementing them:
- Maintain the machinery
Regular machine maintenance is the only way to make sure that the machinery is in working order and operating properly. This includes not only the repairs, but cleaning as well. A lot of the machinery and gear comes with built-in safety mechanisms; these should be regularly tested as well. If your equipment is faulty, it’s only a matter of time before someone gets injured. To make sure that everything is in tip top condition, you should also make records of these inspections. In case there’s something you’re not knowledgeable or qualified enough to repair, don’t hesitate to call a repairman.
- Install a safety roll-up door
A safety roll-up door will protect you and your workers against sudden dangers such as flashes or smoke. These are equipped with automated sensors, so whenever there’s trouble brewing, it can be closed in a matter of seconds so the danger is contained to a single area. You can check up with popular manufacturers such as Dynatect for more information, but in general, these don’t require any drilling or welding to install. They tend to be low-maintenance, durable, and reliable, and a noteworthy addition to your factory’s safety measures.
- Educate your employees
Even the most industry-grade machinery with all the needed safety and injury-prevention mechanisms is of little use if the workers simply don’t know how to use it properly. Apart from regularly educating your employees (especially when you acquire a new piece of equipment), there should be proper usage manuals available across the premises. To make sure that everyone is kept up to date with the latest industry developments, you can also administer regular checkups and test everyone’s knowledge. If you’re wondering how to motivate your employees to brush up on their knowledge every once in a while, just one word should suffice – safety.
- Post signs
Even the most careful and attentive of workers can sometimes forget they’re entering a potentially dangerous area. By posting signs, forgetting about these things will be much harder and everyone will be comparably safer as a result. The great thing about signs is that you can get lots of these readily-made for you, which should cover the vast majority of all possible scenarios. If you need something more specific such as a reminder for your employees to wash their hands regularly in order to avoid contamination, there’s always the option of getting one of these custom-made for you. If you’re going to be purchasing these signs, make sure to buy from a reputable vendor. It helps if they can remain clearly distinguishable in dimly lit places.
- Keep the place clean
It may seem fairly obvious, but you’d never guess how many employers forget to keep their factories clean. At the very least, you should hire some additional workforce if needed to make sure the premises are properly maintained at all times. But this is far from the only thing you can do; please make sure your workers understand the value of keeping the premises clean as well. If everyone makes just a small effort towards the goal, you won’t believe how quickly their work can multiply and the results will be visible very soon. The last thing you’d want to see is someone tripping over a used can and getting injured, and staying safe should be a huge motivator for your employees.
- Make use of modern technology
We live in a world of technological breakthroughs, and you can use the benefits of the digital era to your advantage. Advanced technology such as AI, IoT, cloud deployment, and so forth, can all be put to a good use in keeping your employees safe. With advanced sensors, for example, it’s possible to detect unhealthy levels of toxic gases and patch the leak before everything gets out of hand. If the temperatures start soaring, your workers are at risk of suffering a heat stroke. Again, with the right sensors, this can be detected, and the workers evacuated to safety in a reasonable time-frame.
- Store flammables in a separate place
Flammable objects have no place where your workers are located. If you can’t afford to store them in a separate place, you can always purchase additional equipment such as fireproof safety cabinets where they can be stashed until you actually need them. Still, if the contents you’re storing are prone to causing an explosion, you should, if at all possible, find a place to store them separately. If you think this through, you’ll find that there is truly no need to endanger your workers. You should also let them know that being careless with where they store flammable materials is not okay, and actively reward those who respect this basic, but frequently forgotten principle.
- Keep the factory well-lit
The workers need to see what they’re doing, and they should be able to see it clearly. No exceptions. Therefore, you should make sure that the lighting systems you’re using are strong and dependable. As soon as they start malfunctioning, it’s important to make a swift effort to make the repairs. The modern technology allows for automated monitoring, so there’s no need to wait for one of the workers to alert you of the situation – you should be able to receive an automated message straight to your inbox as soon as something is wrong. After all, that’s what the IoT technology is for.
These 8 security measures should greatly reduce the likelihood of someone getting injured at work. Learning about them, however, won’t be enough if you don’t also make a conscious effort to do something about the situation at hand, so move on to addressing the matter as soon as possible.