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How to handle spills and accidents in manufacturing

Whether you work in an office or at a manufacturing plant accidents can and will happen at work. But the thing about work related accidents is that many of them can be avoided all together if you were to improve your safety program or if you were to implement a safety program and follow through with it. All too often safety rules and regulations are not followed because they are too easy to ignore, employees tend to think that the rules don't apply to them so they won't wear safety glasses or hard hats. And the sad thing is that many managers don't enforce the safety rules and regulations so the employees don't think that they are wrong. But regardless of what kind of safety program you have at work you are still going to need to learn how to handle spills and accidents that can happen at your plant.

Difficulty rating: Easy to moderate

Step one:
If you have a spill in your manufacturing plant the first thing that you are going to want to do is to look at the MSDS to see what it says to do. Then you are going to need to follow any and all directions that are listed on the MSDS. This includes evacuating the plant, administering first aid and contacting certain organizations. And then you need to make sure that you follow the proper steps to clean it up.

Step two:
If you simply spill something like water or a soda then you are not going to need to look at a MSDS to know what to do. If you spill something that is not chemical related the first thing that you are going to want to do is to dry up the spill. As soon as you notice the spill you are going to want to put up signs that tell other workers that the floor is wet and that it can be slippery.

Step three:
Once you have dried up the spill you are going to want to mop up the area so that the ground is not sticky. But when you are mopping be sure the wring out the mop well so that you don't leave puddles of water.

Step four:
After you have mopped up the spill you are going to want to post signs that allow the other workers to know that the area is still wet and it can be slippery.

Step five:
Now that you have figured out how to deal with spills you are ready to move on to accidents in the workplace. The first thing that you are going to want to do if there is an accident in the workplace is to administer first aid if it is needed.

Step six:
If the accident is serious in nature you might need to call the paramedics so that the worker can be transported to the hospital to receive medical attention.

Step seven:
After applying first aid or seeking medical attention what you are going to need to do is to talk to the employees who witnessed the accident to find out what happened.

Step eight:
Either while you are talking to the employees or right after you have talked to the employees you are going to need to file out an accident report. As soon as possible the person who was injured is going to need to fill out an accident report to explain what happened. This report should be filed out by people who witnessed the accident and others who were involved in the accident as well.

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