This article is contributed by Joe Miles.
If you run a factory, then health and safety should be one of your number one considerations. Not only would any accidents surely weigh heavily on your conscience – you are after all responsible for the wellbeing of your staff – but they would also be incredibly bad for business. Accidents in the factory can not only cost you in terms of the damage directly done to your property, materials and equipment, but also in terms of the damage to your reputation, the good will of your workers and the efficiency of your workforce.
Here we will look at some of the important ways you can reduce accidents in your factory and thereby avoid all these serious repercussions…
Maintaining your equipment is one of the most important ways to avoid problems – particularly in a factory. If you have any containers or pipes in your premises for instance, then it only takes a crack to form to produce a leak and you can end up with a nasty fall or serious damage to your property. Maintenance shouldn’t just be something you do when you notice a problem then, but something you invest in on a regular basis in order to ensure that you catch the problems before they arise.
Investing in Equipment
Likewise you should also make sure that you invest in the best equipment in the first place. That means that you should be spending more money on the devices with fail-safes, and with better efficiency ratings and endurance. Cutting corners here by investing in the cheaper equipment will only mean that you get what you pay for.
Investing in equipment also means replacing your equipment with newer machinery whenever necessary. If the equipment you’re using is very old, or if it’s damaged beyond easy repair, then you should bite the bullet and buy something new. If you can’t afford to keep replacing your equipment though, then there are always other options too such as leasing. Just make sure that you aren’t working with and putting your safety in the hands of something that belongs in a museum…
No matter how much you spend on your equipment and your maintenance, sometimes things will go wrong that you can’t help. This is a fact of life and of business, so it’s important that you account for this by anticipating each potential problem and providing solutions.
For instance, you should have a contingency plan for any power cuts. If your staff are using machinery that requires power, then a power cut could potentially lead to people getting trapped or injured. The solution? Backup generators that can ensure your building is never completely without power. Similarly you should have clear guidelines for what your staff need to do in the case of a fire alarm to avoid people falling over themselves trying to get out of the building.
Detectors, Cameras and Alarms
For that latter point though you will of course need to install and maintain smoke detectors to ensure that you get early warning of any fires. Likewise, just as important is to ensure that you have gas detectors if you have any gas equipment in your premises. Similarly you can also keep your business and staff safer with CCTV allowing you to see what’s going on in different areas at once, and with emergency alarms that your workers can sound if they want to get urgent help.
Maintaining your equipment is one way to prevent problems, but just as important is to make sure that your premises are generally clean and tidy at all times. Things like spills – even if they’re just coffee spills – can cause someone to slip and seriously injure themselves, just as items being left in traffic lanes can cause accidents. Pay for regular janitorial services and you can prevent all of these problems.
While your machinery and property play an important role in preventing accidents, just as important is the role of your staff who will be operating that machinery. Spending a little extra money on safety training for your employees for instance can help ensure that they don’t have avoidable accidents, while you should also ensure that you don’t push your staff too hard in general and that they have adequate time to rest and recover between periods of work. That way you can ensure they stay part of your well-oiled machine.
Author Bio: Joe Miles is a sales executive at Aquip Systems, which offers Barton turbine meters. He is very passionate about antique cars and bikes. Click here to know more about him.
- invest in equipment image courtesy of Gregor via Pixabay
- your factory image courtesy of Mirko Junge
- contingencies image courtesy of Robert Jemimus
- detectors image courtesy of Jake Setlak – pylbug
- clean workplace image courtesy of Cushing Memorial Library
- factory staff image courtesy of University of Washington