The manufacturing industry has one of the highest nonfatal injury rates compared to other industries. In addition, factories and other manufacturing sites have the reputation for being dangerous places to work. However, manufacturing companies can and are implementing safer and healthier practices in their facilities to prevent injuries and prioritize employee wellness.
3 practices to maximize manufacturing safety
There are many ways employers can ensure that their employees are safe during day-to-day work in production facilities. Often, the smallest changes can make the biggest difference. The following practices are just three examples of what employers can do to maximize their workers’ safety in the manufacturing industry:
- Post safety signs.
Effective communication can be incredibly effective in preventing workplace injuries. Safety signs can be a major communication tool that announces hazards and reminds employees of safety protocols. They can especially be crucial in areas of heavy machinery and active equipment. By communicating warnings, reminders, and inspection dates, employees can avoid making mistakes that lead to serious accidents and injuries.
- Encourage employees to wear proper footwear.
A study showed that wearing proper footwear in the workplace can drastically reduce an employee’s risk of slipping. In fact, the same study notes that slipping is the culprit behind half of all same-level falls. Since employees spend many hours on their feet in manufacturing facilities, wearing footwear with good traction can help reduce the risk of slipping and falling.
- Offer routine safety training programs.
Knowledge is power, and when employees know about best practices for manufacturing safety, they can be equipped to avoid accidents while working. It is important that training programs are not once-a-year affairs. Instead, employers should offer routine refreshers to help employees stay safe.
Work-Fit can help make your manufacturing facility a safer place to work
If you want to optimize your employees’ safety, you need access to resources. Work-Fit can provide a range of services between injury prevention, wellness programming and injury management. Contact our team today for more information about our services or to learn how we can help you prioritize your employees’ health.