Keeping the workplace safe

Safety in the workplace is a huge concern for business executives world-wide but in North America manufacturing companies are taking the lead in making the work environment safer and more efficient.

Safety in the workplace is a huge concern for business executives world-wide but in North America manufacturing companies are taking the lead in making the work environment safer and more efficient.

Safety in the workplace is a huge concern for business executives world-wide but in North America, manufacturing companies are taking the lead in making their facilities safer and more efficient. A recent paper by AMAXX, an organization aimed at reducing worker's compensation cases, showed how factories can improve safety.

Safety starts at the top
A safe work environment for factory employees has to start at the top of the organization. If upper-level management doesn't care about implementing safety guidelines chances are that numerous hazards exist throughout that facility. Pro-active business leaders will take the lead and implement a culture of safety throughout the company. One way to be sure everyone is on the same page is posting a list of safety practices that must be adhered to.

Safety officer
Every shift in a factory has a safety officer charged with making certain the plant is in compliance with company, state and national guidelines and regulations. Knowing what the hazards of a particular job are and how to deal with emergency situations is critical. Companies that have their employees well-trained in industry best practices can help to keep the plant safe.

Inspections are also a critical player in plant safety. Inspectors can identify equipment wear-and-tear or damage before an incident occurs eliminating potential downtime.

A report in Manufacturing Automation discussed how top companies in North America conduct plant safety operations. Companies including Pepsi Co and Molson spread safety responsibility throughout the company. By educating staff right down the chain-of-command to best practices, the safety officers can ensure that there are no lurking dangers for all employees.

Standardized equipment, better tools and a safety-driven mindset have all combined to make manufacturing a better industry than it has been in the past but everyone needs to continue to do their part. Taking tips from industry leaders on how to be alert and aware in the workplace can assist other companies in keeping the regulators from their door and instilling a safety first mindset.