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Safety guidelines

Manufacturing is one of the foundations of our economy. It provides us with many of the products that make our modern lifestyle possible. Without manufacturing we would lack the conveniences that help us to live productive and relaxing lives. However, manufacturing is also extremely dangerous. There are literally thousands of manufacturing accidents every year, and with some deaths. Many people are permanently maimed or left disabled by manufacturing accidents. The terrible thing is that most of these accidents could be avoided with some basic safety guidelines. Many employees in manufacturing have not been properly instructed in safety guidelines. While operating heavy machinery even the most minor loss of focus could lead to a serious accident. When workers are spending all day operating heavy machinery there is a good chance that they will have an accident if not properly instructed. The machines of today's manufacturers are actually much safer than machines of the past but they still have serious dangers. They still have many moving parts and sharp surfaces. They can crush, cut, or maim a worker in seconds. If you fear for the safety of your workers in a manufacturing context you need to follow these safety guidelines:

  1. Make sure that all workers are thoroughly familiar with the machines and tools that they use. Following safety guidelines won't mean much unless you know how to operate a machine properly. You need to have experience and proper training and you can't just get those by experimenting with the machine. Read all manuals or instructions and have a skilled worker show you how to do things.
  2. Always pay attention. Most serious accidents occur when a worker is not paying attention to their job. Emphasize focus and hard work in the workplace by removing distractions such as music. Give employees proper break time in which to socialize.
  3. Have proper emergency materials handy. Employees need to be able to call emergency professionals and gain easy access to medical equipment. Obviously you need to work to prevent emergencies in the workplace from happening, but you also need to prepare for them.
  4. Have workers keep an eye on each other. This does not mean that they should stop focusing on what they are doing. If, however, they know the sorts of things that other people should be doing they can tell if something is wrong.
  5. Make sure that the work area is free from clutter or other obstructions. A dirty, dark, or cramped work space will lead to accidents. Your manufacturing area should be clean, light, and well organized. Make sure that there is plenty of space in which workers can work.
  6. Do not overwork employees in a manufacturing setting. Many companies offer overtime pay for extended hours. Some companies simply require that there employees work overtime without any compensation. In any case, if you work employees overtime when they are operating heavy machinery they will get tired and probably make a serious mistake. The key is to give proper breaks and never work while tired.
  7. Never ask an employee to perform a task for which they have not been trained. Accidents commonly occur when a worker is asked to do something that others are trained exclusively to do. This is not only unfair but very unsafe.
  8. Make sure that there is a supervisor monitoring the activities of your manufacturing business. Someone should periodically check to make sure that workers are safe and that they are doing their jobs properly. This person does not need to be a task master. They just need to take an interest in the safety of their workers.

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