Did you know that, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a staggering 70% of workers who sustain hand injuries are not wearing gloves? Occupational injuries and illnesses are preventable. Business owners can drastically reduce instances of manufacturing operations and maintenance injuries by enforcing common safety regulations. What critical practices keep workers safe?
- Advocate the Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that, out of 770 surveyed workers, a mere 1% suffered face injuries while wearing protective masks or face gear. Personal protective equipment works; industrial mechanics and manufacturing operations workers are much less likely to suffer from injuries while wearing protective gear. Supervisors should enforce the use of protective goggles, steel-toed shoes, gloves, hearing protection, and hard hats. Some companies offer small incentives to encourage employees to wear, and properly use, personal protective equipment.
Keep Maintenance Simple
Routine maintenance can be disastrous, without the right precautions and protective products. Business owners can promote occupational safety by using simple protective tools and fixtures, such as nylon nuts, bolts, and screws. Nylon fasteners enable workers to easily and efficiently take apart, adjust, and put back together machines and equipment. Plastic screws also screw and unscrew relatively easily, and workers typically do not need another tool, such as a punch hole or power drill, for installation.
Supervisors and workers can also ensure safe inspections and maintenance by using cap nuts and screw covers. Cap nuts fit over fasteners, protecting external threads from weathering, corrosion, abrasion, and wear. Nylon screw covers also shield machinery and parts from harmful vibrations and torque.
Carefully Inspect Electrical Machinery, Parts, and Wiring
Finally, occupational safety depends on careful wire management. Workers can use simple tools, such as grommets and cable ties, to make sure that electrical wiring and parts remain organized and intact. Grommets protect cables from sharp metal pieces inside machinery, and flame-resistant stainless steel cable ties give workers a safe and efficient means to fasten bundles of wires in high temperature environments.