5 Industrial Plant Safety Tips
Ensuring an industrial plant stays accident free requires much more than just training new employees and providing them with safety booklets. Instead, it requires plant managers and employees to be fully committed to ensuring a safety culture. This can significantly minimize the number of accidents that happen in an industrial plant. Consequently, it will enhance employee morale and will lead to quality products and services. Generally, having a safer workplace environment means having improved working conditions. This results in the overall success of the production process. The following tips will help ensure safety in an industrial plant.
1. Safety By Committee
Form a committee that includes workers from different departments. The committee’s responsibility should be to ensure safety standards are upheld in the workplace. The total number of the committee team members should be odd to ensure that there is always a deciding vote. The team should be provided with a precise purpose, for instance the review of accident records to make recommendations or conducting safety analyses of the workplace. This will motivate the group members to be more actively involved in the process.
2. Suggestions From OSHA
Collect suggestions and ideas from employees on workplace safety and group the ideas into two: department specific and general safety tips. Use OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) workplace safety guidelines to come up with workplace safety topics and tips. Emphasize on specific topics by highlighting new safety themes each month.
3. Celebration Day
Coordinate with other national organizations to arrange for safety themes to be promoted in their sponsored celebrations. Examples of such celebrations include the National Fire Prevention Week by the National Fire Protection Association or the National Safety Month by the National Safety Council. You may also conduct internal safety awareness campaigns that target the plant’s machine, electrical and production lines.
4. Audit Procedure
Conduct regular safety audits to ensure that the employees are conforming to all safety procedures and policies. Set compulsory expectations for each shift to complete safety walk-throughs before beginning work. Authorize the safety team or a shift manager to conduct inspections on a weekly basis. List all the issues that require the departments to remedy as fast as possible, before the next inspection. You may also conduct impromptu inspections a few times in a year to keep all the employees alert.
5. Preventive Maintenance
Application of preventive maintenance techniques is important to conform to OSHA regulations and ensure that equipment breakdown do not create workplace hazards. Include the implementation of clear lock out and tag out policies. They should include checklists to be followed at the end of the day and before maintenance.
Safety in an industrial plant should be everybody’s responsibility, right from the plant owners and managers to the low cadre employees. By setting the proper safety measures and enforcing them, everybody plays a vital role in making the workplace safe.