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Making your work environment safe for everyone

Manufacturing can be a dangerous profession. Heavy machinery, lots of moving parts, and other factors make it easy to get injured while on the job.

The following are some safety tips for manufacturing that can help keep everyone safe while at work.

Clearly post dangers and precautions that should be taken.
All manufacturing plants should have safety precautions posted. These posters include such things as what clothing and gear, such as gloves, helmets, or goggles, are required in specific areas. Signs should also be posted indicating who is allowed in certain sites and who is not.

Offer incentives for safe behavior.
Another way to keep manufacturing plants safer is to offer incentives and praise for those who follow safety guidelines and make an attempt to stay safe. Many workplaces who have adopted incentives and rewards report lower rates of accidents and injuries.

One way to do this is to set a manageable goal for a period of time, such as a month or a quarter. It could be no injuries or safety incidents reported in that time period, or less than 3 (if you have a large plant or department). Then, if the goal is met, offer an incentive or a reward, such as gift certificates, a BBQ, or other type of incentive your employees will enjoy.

You should also praise employees for putting safe practices into play. Doing so will help to reinforce desired behavior.

Install acoustic insulation
You may also want to consider installing acoustic insulation in your manufacturing plant. This works to create a safer environment in a number of ways. First, the insulation helps to absorb the noise created within the plant while keeping the outside noise out. This quieter environment will help to reduce the amount of distractions in the workplace, allowing the workers in your manufacturing plant to better concentrate on their duties.

Another reason acoustic installation is helpful is that the reduced noise levels will help you to reduce hearing loss in your employees. In manufacturing plants where heavy machinery is used, this is a common problem.

Make safety a priority.
Your managers and foremans in your manufacturing plant should all value safety and make it a priority in the workplace. Just as you should be offering rewards and incentives for those who follow safety guidelines, you should warn and then discipline those who do not take safety precautions and guidelines seriously, or who purposely ignore them.

Mangers who are dedicated to safety will also be providing a good example to those who work in the manufacturing plant. When safety equipment and safe practices are not an option and are practiced by all, especially the managers, you will have a much safer environment less prone to injuries.

Have training seminars
You should have safety training seminars periodically in order to remind and educate employees about safe practices while in a manufacturing plant; after all, you can't expect your workers to practice safety if they don't know what it entails.

Periodic safety training is essential for a safe workplace. This could be in the form of videos or actual demonstrations on the plant's floor. A good rule of thumb is to have a safety meeting every month. Safety training should take place for all new employees, and should also be given if you notice an increased number of incidences or injuries.

Manufacturing can be dangerous, but the above tips will help you to keep your manufacturing plant as safe as possible.

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