Safety in the manufacturing industry has improved drastically over the last several decades, but when it comes to safety you should never settle with current working conditions. Regular evaluation should be implemented at the workplace. Many factors contribute to manufacturing hazards so it may be hard to find a starting point. Don’t worry, we have you covered. Below is a list of three commonly overlooked manufacturing hazards and prevention tips:
According to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fact sheet, noise-related hearing loss is one the top concerns of workers. Noise standards for workplaces have been established by OSHA in order to help prevention of hearing loss. If workers are exposed to time-weighted average noise level of 85 decibels or higher over an 8-hour work shift, employers are required to have a hearing conservation program in place. Ensuring equipment is maintained and lubricated daily contributes to lowering noise levels and providing ear plugs and other personal equipment to employees offers protection against hearing loss.
Workplace burns are caused by open flames, hot objects, explosions, chemicals, electrical sources and sun exposure. Wearing personal protective equipment, using fire prevention tactics and having procedures and emergency action plans related to fire safety all lower the hazards when workers are exposed to burn risk. Electrical sources, high-voltage areas and machinery should all be clearly labeled to avoid burns.
Unsafe lifting techniques, the strain associated with standing for long periods, and using repetitive motions to complete tasks cause symptoms of serious musculoskeletal disorders (MSD). Injuries to the joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, discs and nerves are all included in MSD. Workers can reduce the strain by practicing safe lifting techniques such as lifting with your legs instead of your back or pivoting your feet instead of twisting with your body when you need to turn. Ensuring workers have access to dollies, carts and other lift aids will also in protecting workers from developing MSD.
Training workers, creating safety plans and providing appropriate personal protective equipment reduces risks of injuries working in manufacturing. Staying aware of potential hazards and being precautious creates a safer workplace for employees.
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Written by Nayda Sanchez