Mining? Manufacturing? Do energy? No matter what your industrial company does, we have gathered industry tips to help you work safer day after day.
Here are 15 tips on industrial safety to implement or improve, starting today:
- Conduct regular workplace inspections. On a leisurely walk from one side of your workplace to another, you will probably not notice many safety hazards because you are not actively looking for them. Make it a point to do a regular workplace inspection. That way, you search for things that may pose a danger and discover things you have never seen before. An expert in security services can also come and inspect your facility to identify risks and provide solutions.
- Encourage employees to report all precarious working conditions. If there is something you do not see, make sure your employees feel authorized to come forward and report equipment or conditions that are safety hazards.
- Mandate training for new employees. When hiring people to do dangerous jobs, such as using a forklift or working with heavy machinery, it is important to ensure that employees are internally trained. And in accordance with federal and state requirements.
- Offer ongoing safety training. When an employee is up to date on occupational safety, they are more likely to work safely. Regular safety training benefits everyone.
- Only allow authorized personnel to use machines. If an employee has not been trained to use a particular machine, they should not use it.
- Provide personal protective equipment to all employees who need it. Think: goggles, hard hats, steel boots, aprons, gloves and more. Encourage all employees to wear personal protective equipment when and where needed.
- Hang mirrors and warning signs to combat blind spots. If your employees use heavy machinery in the workplace, help them look at all angles with corner mirrors and blind spots. It is a simple, affordable solution to prevent major problems.
- Prevent slips, trips and falls. Ask employees to report or clean up any spills or leaks across the facility. Also perform regular maintenance on stains with worn, ripped or damaged floors that may cause tripping or falling.
- Store flammable liquids away from the work area. If your employees work with combustible materials, only keep the amount they need for the job nearby. Store the rest safely in approved containers in an assigned storage area.
- Store all other material in the correct place. At the end of the working day, make sure that employees clean their spaces and store all materials in their designated places.
- Keep passages and exits free from clutter. In case of emergency, all routes should be clear. Pay special attention to clearing paths to stairs and electric doors.
- Promote a substance-free workspace. Employees who use drugs or alcohol while they are around the clock can do serious injuries. Substance use can lead to injured employees or other team members.
- Create a Security Incentive Program. Where there is a reward, there is motivation to earn that reward. One of the best ways to support a secure workspace is to reward employees for maintaining one. Offer monetary incentives, gift vouchers for lunch, raffle items, allocated parking spaces or other prizes to promote a safe workspace.
- Make sure damage is reported as soon as possible. Workplace injuries and illnesses should be reported and investigated within 24 hours, no matter how small the incident seems. Follow correct, fast protocol.
- Have an emergency action plan. Do you have an evacuation route? Do all employees know where to leave and where to meet? Make sure that all employees receive information about these important details at the time of employment.
Reviewing and implementing industrial safety tips benefits you, your team, and your business as a whole. Security service experts at Frankenmuth Insurance can even come to your workplace to review security and suggest changes.
For more advice and advice on industrial safety, talk to one of our local, independent agents today.