Manufacturing Safety

Working with manufacturing machinery, equipment, and chemicals can be dangerous. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2008 there were 3.7 million cases of nonfatal workplace injuries reported. Not only do these incidents have the potential to be fatal or cause incapacitating injuries, they also cost companies (and the economy) millions of lost dollars.

OSHA, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, has standards for safeguarding machinery, electrical equipment, and chemical substances, so that employers can secure the protection of the staff in the manufacturing industry.

Woodworking machinery, mills, mechanical power presses, and power hand tools are identified by OSHA as dangerous manufacturing machines that have the potential to threaten employee safety. OSHA says that barrier-guards, electronic safety devices, and two-hand tripping devices are specific ways for employers to safeguard machine operators and those in proximity.

Manufacturing devices are often powered by electricity. To maintain safety, employers must adhere to OSHA electrical standards so that employees are not in danger of being electrocuted. Cords and wires should not be damaged, frayed or exposed. Be mindful that electrical equipment can overheat and cause fires or explosions.

Employees who work with chemical manufacturing risk exposure to potent chemicals that can cause health and safety risks. Some chemicals are explosive, others can start fires, and others can cause irreparable damage to employees, like blindness, skin burns, and lung damage (when inhaling toxic elements). Safety ideas for working with chemicals include wearing personal protective equipment such as gloves, goggles, body suits, and ventilation machines. 

The most common OSHA training programs are available in training packages.  These packages allow the employer to choose which topics are applicable to their specific workplace.  For more information about these OSHA training packages, please visit this link:
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