Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Manufacturing

According to the National Safety Council, in 2009 over 5.1 million injuries occurred on the job, resulting in 55 million lost work days and total costs to business estimated at $168 billion. The average cost of a disabling injury was $53,000. Is your profit line 5%, 10% or more?  How long will it take you to pay off one of more injuries with this price tag?  Protecting the health and safety of your workforce improves productively and workplace morale, and protects your bottom line.

From facility design and construction through management and operation, Clas Consulting’s safety services focus on a comprehensive approach to workplace and employee safety and health. At every stage, our experienced Certified Safety Professionals and project staff effectively evaluate your safety goals and objectives and provide solutions that protect your workers and support your business needs, thereby enabling you to use workplace safety as a viable measure of business success. In-depth knowledge of national, state, and local safety standards and extensive practical experience applying those standards enable our staff to anticipate and respond to safety issues before they become liabilities, resulting in a safer, more productive work environment. 

There are a variety of types of manufacturing businesses. Yet, no matter the product or the size of the company, the employer or management team is responsible for the safety of all workers. Many common processes and equipment are used in manufacturing industries. Safety issues are also common to most industry processes.

Machines

Machines of all sizes and types are used in manufacturing.  Safety issues include protecting the worker from bodily injury. Moving parts, hot surfaces, steam, and sparks are some of the hazards for those working with and around machines. Other machine safety includes the lockout/tagout procedure to stop machinery when it is being serviced, machine guarding and electrical safety precautions.

Chemicals

Chemicals are potential hazards, whether a factory manufactures chemicals or uses them in the process of other products. HazMat (hazardous materials) signs should be placed in areas where chemicals are stored or being used. Material Safety Data Sheets must be in the area of use or storage. All chemicals used for cleaning or in the manufacturing process need to be clearly marked.

Environmental Factors

The environment surrounding workers can cause injury or illness to workers. Extreme heat or cold in buildings or outdoors should be considered in safety planning. Noise can damage hearing. Glare or flashes from various processes can damage the eyes. Housekeeping issues that can cause safety hazards include cluttered aisles, blocked safety exits, rags or paper becoming too close to hot surfaces or open flames, and liquids on floors.

Physical Safety

The body of a worker can become injured in repetitive or improperly executed movements. The field of ergonomics is geared to help reduce injuries to the back, neck and shoulders; arms, wrists, fingers and elbows; and the legs and knees. Repetitive motion in manufacturing procedures can cause conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, shoulder injuries, and other long-term and costly problems.

Improper lifting, bending, and reaching, can injure a worker's shoulders and back. Proper methods of using the body, as well as ergonomically designed machinery, can help reduce injuries.

Tools & Equipment

Besides manufacturing machinery, industrial workers also might use hand tools or power tools. Proper use and proper fit of the tools can help reduce injuries. Equipment might include hand or motorized forklift trucks and a variety of types of carts. Workers using, or in the area of, free-moving equipment should have proper warning systems to prevent them from being crushed, pinned or knocked down. Signs will also help to warn persons who need to move around the area that is also occupied by moving equipment.

Personal Protective Equipment

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is the term for items worn by the worker to help prevent injuries of various types. Safety glasses, ear plugs, hard hats, face shields, steel-toed work boots, gloves, and respiratory masks fall into the category of PPE. Other types of PPE are fall protection harnesses, lift-aids with anchors, and fence-type guarding to prevent falls. When personal protective equipment is provided by the employer there are often times other program elements required by OSHA to be in place. Clas Consulting can help you make informed decisions about selection and provision of PPE and help you get the appropriate programs in place to meet the regulations.

Project Management Model

Clas Consulting’s project staffing model is effective in meeting project objectives and minimizing the customer’s cost. An experienced Technical Manager certified in the comprehensive practice of Safety is assigned to provide technical oversight. The Project Lead is responsible for completing the project on time and on budget. Project Staff, who have completed a four-year academic program and have experience with similar projects, if needed, conduct the specific site activities.

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