Let’s face it: risks can arise in almost any setting. Industrial plants are no exception. But the right equipment, tempered by the right mindset and safety procedures, pares risk down to a manageable level. Plant safety continues to stand paramount. We’ve listed some helpful tips toward it remaining that way.
Train at Every Turn
Arguably a bedrock for plant safety, proper safety training helps ensure workers remain aware, ready, and protected. And it doesn’t hurt to get into specifics. Specialized positions may require specific safety instructions, procedures, and protocols. That specificity may lead to fewer risks—and avoiding accidents altogether.
Equip Your Safety Gear
Plant workers should respect safety equipment requirements on site. Sporting safety gear protects from hazards; it’s a bump in overall safety from the get-go. Other precautions, such as forgoing jewelry and loose clothing, should follow suit.
Auditing risks periodically can prove essential. That includes spotting gaps in safety and taking steps toward prevention. Some companies opt to put a safety officer on payroll, but—even if that’s not the case—risk assessments should be performed. When looking from an individual lens, it’s best to remain cognizant. Being aware and keeping your wits about you remains your best chance at avoiding accidents and staying safe.
Oftentimes, equipment lies at the heart of plant safety. Keeping that equipment up-to-date, clean, and regularly maintained prevents potential risks from unfolding into accidents.
Especially for heavy machinery, this matures into a must. The machinery’s condition must be fully operable—and safety assets and guards should be installed and working. If you’re not qualified to work on the machine, don’t. A defect or malfunction should be reported to the maintenance department or other relevant party. Finally, follow all safety guidelines and shut down the machine properly.
Treat Your Workspace Well
Along the same vein as equipment, workplace upkeep matters as well. Organized and clean work areas help uphold plant safety—and provide a source of stress relief to boot. Clutter can lead to risk entry. Cutting back on it bites into accidents’ arrival in the workplace.
Substance abuse of any kind remains a big no-no in terms of plant safety. Working while under the influence can upend your decision-making and slow your reflexes, which makes a recipe for disaster all but imminent. Employees on prescribed medications who feel or display side effects will need to alert their supervisors. As a general rule, company policies should reflect a wish to keep work conditions safe for everyone, rooted in best practices and safety procedures.
Industrial Plant Solutions
There’s no doubt that safety is key. Another way to ensure plant safety, besides utilizing these tips, can be found in solutions provided by Southern Field-EEC. With more than a decade of experience, we’re equipped to provide the support your plant, company, or business needs. Request a quote about our industrial solutions, link up with a representative, or continue browsing our blog for more industry tips and trends.