One of the basic human needs is to feel safe. It is one of the many reasons why technology and industries are working hand in hand to make workplaces safer with every passing minute.
If one takes the example of USG Boral, which is a huge distribution and production facility in the industrial sector of Camilla NSW. Irrespective of all the safety measures they have installed in their 5+ hectares of manufacturing plant, they went the extra mile and installed safety barriers in critical places.
What one can take away from the above paragraph is that safety is as important as having the right equipment for a business to flourish. Let us now take a closer look at some tips that can help you improve the safety in your industrial plant:
Be sure that everyone in your workforce is wearing their safety equipment
Instruct your workforce to wear their safety gear at all times unless they leave the premises. Ensure that members in your workforce are taking active measure to keep their tools and equipment clean. Ask your workers to refrain from wearing any pieces of jewellery to the plant. Ensure no one is wearing any loose-fitting garments. Women workers need to tie their hair back and tuck it under the hard hat for safety reasons.
It is never a bad idea to carry out a periodic risk assessment in the premises
Carry out risk assessment sessions from time to time in your plant’s premises. You can either call in a professional inspector or form your own inspection team that would look for possibilities in the plant where things could go terribly wrong. On top of that, the aim for such risk assessment will not only be mere identification of the threat but also to come out with a plan to prevent the same.
Carry out spontaneous yet carefully orchestrated EEDs (or Emergency Evacuation Drills)
Plan or orchestrate a detailed emergency drill that can work in an emergency – be it a fire, an accident or a natural calamity. Make sure that the EEDs are carried out without prior notification. By doing so, you will be training your workforce to hone the best conduct and state of mind ideal for tackling emergency situations.
The drill should consist of detailed training on FIRST AID, proper use of the fire prevention systems, hose and extinguishers. On top of that, you can also ask them to imprint in their mind the floor plan of the plant. In this way, they can make their way to the nearest exit or emergency shutdown system for the plant. Train them well to use the kill switch for the plant in case a fire breaks out or there is an accident.
Companies, irrespective of their size and age should make sure that they are taking all the necessary steps to make sure that their workplaces are safe and at par with the international safety standards. If they fail to do so, they are not only endangering the lives of their workforce but are also looking forward to losing their license(s) or having served several lawsuits. All in all, be sure to abide by the above-mentioned tips for best results.